Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 01/25/2013 11:55 AM | Comments: 0
Supporters greeted Pimicikamak Cree elder Raymond Robinson at the Richardson International Airport with long embraces, tears and a lot of singing.
The Cross Lake family man and hunter ended his fast with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence after 43 days Thursday and flew to Winnipeg from Ottawa Thursday, on his way back home.
Traditional Ojibwa honour songs rose over the beat of hand drums as he stepped off the escalators just before 10 a.m. with Northern Manitoba Grand Chief David Harper and his own chief Garrison Settee. Tears stood in his eyes for a Dene honor song by a singer from northern Manitoba.
Robinson spoke emotionally as he reflected on the experience at Victoria Island, voice cracking as he described times when he thought he would not survive the fast on tea and fish broth. He said he did it to bring awareness to aboriginal and non aboriginal Canadians to stand against new federal laws that he said erode treaty rights and environmental laws.
"You drink the same water I drink, the same food as well. We have to come together to stop this destruction... all of us in Canadian society. We are in this together," Robinson said.
He rejected media coverage that he and Spence were pressured to end the fast. "We ended our hunger strike on our own terms. Not anybody else's. I want you to get that across."
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Stabbing in Weston area sends man to hospital
Approaching cars will be a no-no
Thoughts from those with their hands out
Long weekend to see mix of showers and sunny skies
Finding our voice
Blaze razes West Hawk landmark
Scientists back in Winnipeg
Teen denied bail in nightclub shooting
Judge slaps cable's Marty
Damaged bridge divides a town
New kitchen, less distress
Moose-hunting ban expanded in Manitoba
Sniffing out zebra mussels
Spat over who will step down
A familiar tragedy
Candidates' signs allowed today
MPI can keep some secrets private: PUB
Doctors told to cut back on joint replacements
Resource centre gives kids a voice
Your Weekend Weather
Reduced limits in effect Monday: School zones apply new, lower speeds
Construction angers shelter
Is it over already? Camp season a success
Trending that caught Doug's eye: Botched guarantees
Pédale fait sa rentrée universitaire
Random acts of kindness
Welcome to the complaints department
Super-speeders in the crosshairs of Mounties who patrol Manitoba's highways
The pervasiveness of sexual violence