Chief Theresa Spence ends her hunger strike after six weeks

Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is ending her hunger strike today after six weeks.

Spence has been subsisting on a diet of fish broth and tea since December 11. Her protest inspired the Idle No More movement, which has spread to the U.S. and other countries.

Spence has been at odds with the Canadian government ever since the band was placed under third-party management in 2011. She has been trying to draw attention to dire housing, economic and social conditions on her Ontario reserve.

"As expressed from time to time by Chief Theresa Spence, 'Our Treaty Rights continue to be violated and ignored,'" a declaration being issued today reads.

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