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.
Member of the Canadian Parliament for Nunavut Leona Aglukkaq will be chairing the Arctic Council when chairmanship passes from Sweden to Canada in May 2013. The Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday announced the appointment of Ms. Aglukkaq.
As chair of the Arctic Council – or chair of the Arctic countries’ Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) – she will not only act as Canada’s ambassador to the Arctic.