As the Idle No More movement continued it’s demonstrations and blockades, and Chief Theresa Spence had continued her hunger strike, that had lasted for 24 days, Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed to a working meeting on January 11.
But this does not seem to stop the protests. Ms. Spence who began her hunger strike with a demand for a meeting among herself, native leaders, Mr. Harper and the Governor-General as a condition for ending her fast, now says she will continue until the meeting produce concrete action and a promise of additional meetings.
As Canada prepares to take over – by mid-May - the chairmanship of the Arctic Council with a program focused on resource developments, the Canadian Government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper is being met with a series of protests from aboriginal leaders.
The Idle No More movement, as the protest movement has been named, sprang up in November 2012 in response to the omnibus Bill C-45 presented by the Harper government.
According to the protesters, the way the bill was presented and passed as well as what it says concerning the management of waterways fail to measure up to standards for democratic due process, in general, and for respecting the rights of indigenous peoples to consultation and prior informed consent, in particular.
The Idle No More movement accuses Harper’s government of failing to acknowledge aboriginal peoples’ right to benefit fully from resource development, and leaving aboriginal leaders out of discussions on how to develop the country’s natural resources.