January 23, 2012

Chief predicts "aboriginal uprising"

‘An aboriginal uprising is inevitable’ if Harper doesn’t listen, chief threatens

By Peter O’NeilCanada could face an Arab Spring-style “uprising” if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t give a clear indication in his meeting with aboriginal leaders here Tuesday that he’s prepared to take their concerns seriously, a B.C. native leader warned Monday.

“We must do better. The honour of the Crown and the very integrity of Canada as a nation is at stake,” said Stewart Phillip, grand chief of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, in a news release issued by the Assembly of First Nations’ B.C. wing.

“Otherwise, an aboriginal uprising is inevitable.”

An estimated 400 chiefs from across Canada, including 47 from British Columbia and 22 from Alberta, have gathered here for their first face-to-face meeting with Harper since the Conservatives formed government in 2006.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Gingrich Cheers Killing of Indians and First Nations = Political Threat?

Below:  "Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks with Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo." (Chris Wattie/Reuters files)

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