Canada: Indigenous protest movement highlights deep-rooted injustices

For nearly a month now, an Indigenous leader has been camped out in a traditional tepee near the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa, where she is engaged in a hunger strike aimed at getting a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 

Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation started her fast on 11 December 2012 to draw attention to an endemic housing crisis in her community and new legislation that undermines the rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada.  

At the same time, a growing grassroots movement – “Idle No More” – has successfully used social med...