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Activist Communique: Elder Raymond Robinson is on a second fast to protest Harper's lack of dialogue with First Nations

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Elder Raymond Robinson is on a second fast to protest Stephen Harper's lack of dialogue with First Nations communities.

The Manitoba Cree elder is on his third day of his spiritual fast, in which he is not consuming food or water.

 He said he is willing to die for his people in an effort to stop changes to federal funding for First Nations people.

This is the second time that Robinson has fasted for his people. He first fasted for Idle No More in late 2012, joining Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence for forty three days in which he lost a more than forty pounds; both fasts ended on January 24, 2013.

The fasts also brought attention to Bill C-45, which concerns both First Nations governance but also included environmental legislation that would see changes to protective legislation for Canada’s lakes and rivers.

Indigenous communities across Canada rose up in protest to the legislation, which kick started the Idle No More movement. The movement has since gone  global and actions are being planned to celebrate Earth Day, April 22.

"I've got no special powers. I've got no special knowledge. I'm just a simple man from the bush," said Robinson.

He is fasting not only to prompt meaningful dialogue between the Federal government and First Nations communities, but also to give hope to younger generations just joining the struggle for First Nations sovereignty and land rights.

Elder Raymond Robinson meeting with Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Valcourt at 2:30pm EST today.

More to come.

 

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