Hunger strike pressures Canada PM, aboriginal protests spread

Attawapiskat Chief Spence pauses while speaking with journalists in a teepee on Victoria Island in OttawaOTTAWA (Reuters) – A Canadian aboriginal chief in the third week of a hunger strike is urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "open his heart" and meet with native leaders angered by his policies as small impromptu protests spread beyond Canada's borders. Chief Theresa Spence from the remote northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat has been fasting since December 11 and has vowed to continue until Harper personally commits to the talks on a litany of complaints, including new legislation that she says will harm native lands. "He's a person with a heart but he needs to open his heart. …

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