John Cochrane Band Supports Chief Theresa Spence Hunger Strike in Ottawa

Submitted by john.dorion on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 19:14

Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People
Sub Office – 304D, 1401- 28th St. E., Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 6Z8


For the past two (2) weeks, we have been watching Chief Spence on National News regarding her hunger strike in Ottawa.

We commend and support Chief Spence for her courageous fight with the Canadian Government about the rights of First Nation people and the Indian treaties our Ancestors signed over 100 years ago.

Her actions demonstrate that she is well grounded in her beliefs and values as a First Nation woman and she is willing to use her beliefs and her strengths to do what is right. She is also very concerned about the living conditions of First Nations people right across Canada and she is going to do something about it.

Here is a true leader that is not afraid to stand up to the Colonial office in Ottawa. Its exciting. A leader that will not be co-opted but will stand up for the rights of her people. She is bit of fresh air. Our grandfathers in the spirit world must be extremely proud of her ability to see forward for all of us and for the coming generations.

Since the signing of treaties the colonial office in Ottawa has treated First Nations people horribly and they should be ashamed of themselves. They have done everything in their power to break and do away with the treaties and not to implement them properly.

The relationship between First Nations people and the Canadian government has all been one sided. Its not by accident that many First Nations are living in extreme poverty. It has been Ottawa's plan all along to take full control of our lands and resources and to keep us on welfare.

With respect to the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People of Cumberland House, Saskatchewan we have been waiting for over 137 years for the Government of Canada to resolve its unfinished treaty business with our Band by granting official recognition to the John Cochrane First Nation under the terms of Treaty #5. .

Our case is a perfect example of where the Canadian Government has completely refused to carry out its treaty obligations with our people.

Remain strong as our prayers are with you Sister. Ekosi

Chief John Dorion,

John Cochrane First Nation
Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People