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Cross Lake chief to continue hunger strike in Ottawa

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An elder from a Manitoba First Nation who has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 12 is travelling to Ottawa to join Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in hers.

Cross Lake First Nation’s Raymond Robinson is expected to be in Ottawa later this afternoon. Robinson, 51, commenced a hunger strike within hours of Spence starting hers.

Robinson started the hunger strike to call on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to withdraw the recent omnibus legislation, Bill C-45. Elder Robinson has been taking only herbal tea.

A news release from Cross Lake First Nation said Robinson’s aim is to get the government to work with First Nations leadership "on a nation-to-nation basis and to recognize, respect and honour our Inherent and Treaty rights."

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