Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says she will join a “working meeting” between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a delegation of First Nations chiefs, but is not ready to give up her hunger strike.
Spence made the announcement from Victoria Island just north of Ottawa, where she has been conducting a hunger strike that is now in its 25th day.
“To all the supporters and the helpers, I’m really grateful today. I’m just really overjoyed …. to hear that the Crown and the prime minister and the governments, that they’re going to meet with us Jan. 11th, but I’ll still be here on my hunger strike until that meeting takes place,” Spence said.
Spence said she would attend the meeting, but when asked whether it would be enough to end her hunger strike, she said she would wait to see the outcome.
“We’ll see what the results are, if there’s really a positive result, because there are a lot of issues that we need to discuss,” Spence said.
Spence’s spokesman, Danny Metatawabin, said Spence and her supporters want Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty at the meeting as well, and said the hunger strike could continue after Jan. 11.
The prime minister’s office announced the meeting earlier Friday.