An overwhelming 100 more Nova Scotians have declared to observe fasts for four days for showing their support of the hunger-strike by the First Nations leader, Chief Theresa Spence, from northern Ontario. The fast of Attawapiskat Chief has reached its 17th day, and now various native and non-native followers have alleged to support her demands of meeting in person with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in order to discus government’s controversial omnibus budget bill.
One of these hundred activists, 30-years-old Shelley Young of Eskasoni, mentioned during a phone interview on Wednesday that “we’re fasting with her and joining her in solidarity, to pray to give her strength and hopefully engage the prime minister to meet with her.” She added that “we really want Harper to meet with Chief Spencer. We’re worried about her health. She said she’ll die for her people and we don’t want it to get to that point.” Another supporter daring to fast, Erin Wunker who is a professor at Dalhousie University claims that “all of Canada needs to be aware (of) this movement for positive change.”
A student of human nutrition at St. Francis Xavier University, Young, alleged that there are innumerable supporters in Saskatchewan and Ontario who will observe fast in support of Spence. Report claims that these supporters include a considerable number of local elders, who will be starting their fast at noon today and continue up till New Year’s Eve. Young labeled this fast as a component of a First Nations religious ceremony, stating that “It’s a sacrifice we make.”
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