Thursday, January 03, 2013

Dr Roy On The source with Ezra

I was on Ezra's show today talking about Chief Spence and hunger strikes. Ezra's Hunger Games : News : SunNews Video Gallery My friend Terry Glavin wrote a great piece today!! There’s something unspeakably creepy about this whole thing. Aboriginal teenagers in Canada are perhaps six times more likely to kill themselves than non-aboriginal youth. Among the Inuit, youth suicide is 11 times the national average. Between 2005 and 2010, Health Canada spent $65 million on a National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. The kids kept on killing themselves, and in 2011 the Ontario Chief Coroner’s Office released a 215-page report on aboriginal suicides in Northern Ontario. One of the report’s key recommendations: the creation of a national suicide prevention strategy. Then along comes Theresa Spence, the elected chief of the forlorn and remote Northern Ontario community of Attawapiskat. Since Dec. 11, Spence has been camped in a teepee on an island in the Ottawa River, threatening to starve herself to death — to kill herself — unless the prime minister and the Governor General accede to her variously contradictory and ambiguous demands. “Activist” opinion in Canada is actually cheering her on. We are all expected to be moved by Spence’s hunger strike, to be humbled, and to be ashamed of ourselves as Canadians. Out of empathy, you understand. More from John Ivison and Christie Blatchford.


crj said...

You are so right! There is a suicide epidemic on native community's - and as you point out - this is sort of the same thing as it is glorifying death. Thank-you for bringing it up.

hunter said...

I agree with crj, she is promoting suicide among her own people who already suffer from high rates.

Why is she not with her people? She is a media hound and could not care less about the people she has left living in tents.

Remember all those houses sent up to her reserve, how come the media doesn't tell us if they are functional? Last I heard they had no foundations to put them on, is that still the case? If so, why is the chief protesting her own incompetence?

Fred said...

A "Hunger Strike" where you eat should be called a diet.

If she offs herself, it will just prove it is a bad diet.

bigcitylib said...

Why do you know about hunger?

Patsplace said...

Hunger strike with a liquid diet of high protein foods, hotels to shower in a have a "lie down", Cadillac Escalade in the car port, enormous amounts of money channeled through the accounts. At what point do the Lefty & Liebral hacks finally get that they are backing a loser. Oops! That's not a loser that's a clever success story.

Anonymous said...

This is an example of aboriginal leadership? A hunger strike to get what you want? Using the threat of suicide as a tool to negotiate?
That culture is going backwards, in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this is how the Mayans ended their existence.

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