Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has called on the Assembly of First Nations to cancel a planned Friday meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper because the Governor General has declined to attend.
The Canadian Press reported yesterday that the Queen’s representative should be in there or she would not be in attendance.
“I will not be attending Friday’s meeting with the prime minister, as the Governor General’s attendance is integral when discussing inherent and treaty rights,” she said in a prepared statement.
Her claim to lead this movement, and to begin calling the shots to the AFN, is quite presumptuous, given that she is now at the centre of questions surrounding her band’s failure to account for millions of dollars in government expenditures.
The attendance of Gov. Gen. David Johnston, whose position as head of state is little more than that of a ceremonial figurehead, would do nothing to further the interests of First Nation leaders.
For the Idle No More movement, it is unfortunate that Chief Spence has become its defacto poster child. By her actions, she is only hurting the people she claims to represent.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 10, 2013