PM, GG given 72 hours to respond to Attawapiskat Chief Spence’s request or ‘mass demonstrations’ will unfold: aide

January 3, 2013 by  
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OTTAWA–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence won’t end her hunger strike until a requested treaty meeting begins and she expects a response from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gov. Gen. David Johnston within 72 hours, aides say.

Spence met with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Charlie Angus, among others, Thursday and stated she won’t give up her hunger strike on just a commitment from Harper and Johnston to meet with First Nations leadership on the treaties.

“She is tired of the broken promises, she wants to see the actual meeting,” said Danny Metatawabin, one of Spence’s closest aides.

Spence also expects a response to her request from the prime minister and the governor general within 72 hours. If the deadline passes, mass demonstrations will unfold across the country, said Metatawabin.

“There will be mass demonstrations,” he said.

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