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Cross Lake chief to continue hunger strike in Ottawa
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.
From left, Cross Lake First Nation elder Raymond Robinson and son Baptiste, 21, and Chief Garrison Settee at the James A. Richardson International Airport to catch a flight to Ottawa Monday. Robinson is joining Chief Spence of Attawapiskat in her hunger strike. Robinson has been on a hunger strike since Dec 12. (WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Members of Parliament gather around a bonfire in sub zero weather as they wait to meet with Attawapiskat First Nations Chief Theresa Spence in Ottawa, Sunday. (FRED CHARTRAND / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)
Tory minister Leona Aglukkaq says Chief Theresa Spence should meet with the government's aboriginal affairs minister. Spence refuses to meet with any government official other than Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (FRED CHARTRAND / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)
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."