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The big day
No one was sure what would happen Friday, the day of the meeting:
Governor-General offers chief 'special welcome' at ceremonial meeting
Idle No More’s thunder heard through walls of Prime Minister’s Office
Harper meets chiefs, vows improved relations
Harper commits to 'high-level' treaty talks with First Nations
But Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence vows to continue hunger strike
Rift opens among chiefs as some attack Atleo for meeting Harper
B.C. chiefs’ call for overhaul of land claims process among demands handed to the PM
Theresa Spence Not Satisfied With Governor General Meeting, Continues Fasting
Harper gives illusion of consultation with First Nations: Activist
Comment: To sum it up, Spence said she wanted to meet with Harper, then said she wanted to meet with Governor-General Johnston too. Johnston showed up at the meeting, but Spence wasn't satisfied, so she walked out.
Meanwhile, Assembly of First Nations leader Shawn Atleo talked to Harper, who apparently mouthed the usual platitudes. The other chiefs elected Atleo, but some consider him an appeaser who doesn't fight hard enough. The Idle No More protesters are taking their cue from Spence, not Atleo, putting him in a tough position.
Stay tuned for more developments.
For more on Idle No More, see Idle No More = Occupy and Harper to Meet with Chiefs.
Below: "The meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and 20 First Nations Chiefs, including National Chief Shawn A-in-Chut Atleo of the Assembly of First Nations." (Jason Ransom/PMO)