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Hunger strike 'complete' this time, Cross Lake elder vows

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Cree elder Raymond Robinson is back on a hunger strike and this time he vows he won’t take any sustenance until his demands are met.

"This hunger strike is a complete hunger strike: no food no water, no nothing: complete shut down," he wrote on his Facebook page. "(The) hunger strike is my ‘take it or leave it’ message to Harper and his government."

In late January, the Cross Lake man ended his public fast with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. The pair drank only tea and fish broth for 43 days to bring awareness to new federal laws they believe erode treaty rights and environmental laws.

Robinson said he plans to starve himself until "the Harper government meets with my chiefs on a Nation-Nation basis and start seriously discussing our inherent aboriginal treaty rights."

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