Chief Theresa Spence won't meet with Canada Prime Minister

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence has pulled out of a meeting tomorrow with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Spence has been on a hunger strike for more than a month. One of her requests was a meeting with Harper but she said she won't go because Ontario Gov. Gen. David Johnston declined to attend.

Spence said Johnston's presence is needed in order to address treaty issues. He would be there to represent the Crown, a party to historical treaties.

The meeting with Harper was coordinated by the Assembly of First Nations. AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss the meeting.

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