Lauren B. Davis

Lauren B. Davis
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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Birthday
September 05
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Lauren B. Davis's new novel, OUR DAILY BREAD (HarperCollins Canada, 2012; and Wordcraft of Oregon, 2011), was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and chosen as one of the "Very Best Books of 2011" by The Boston Globe and The Globe & Mail. Her next book, THE EMPTY ROOM, will be published in Canada by HarperCollins Canada in May, 2013. She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY, (HarperCollins Canada 2005) a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON (Harper Collins Canada, 2002), chosen for the Robert Adams Lecture Series; as well as two collections short stories, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE (Exile Editions, 2008) and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES (Mosaic Press, 2000). Her short fiction has also been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts - 2000 and 2006. Lauren leads a monthly writing workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, teaches creative writing at the A.C. Wagner Correctional Facility, and is a past mentor with the Humber College School for Writers, Toronto, and past Writer-in-Residence at Trinity Church, Princeton. For more information, please visit her website at: www.laurenbdavis.com

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DECEMBER 27, 2012 4:00PM

Chief Theresa Spence -- My hero

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Chief Theresa Spence
Chief Theresa Spence

I have been wondering, over the past days, how to tackle the subject of Chief Theresa Spence's hunger strike, the "Idle No More" movement, and the treatment of First Nations people by the Canadian government.  My disappointment in Prime Minister Harper and his government grows with every hour.

I am a Canadian with English, Irish and Mohawk blood.  Because the Mohawk part of me comes from my father's side of the family tree and Mohawk's are a matrilineal people, I received my name and my clan from an Ojibwe Elder.  I am proud of being Canadian and proud of my genetic heritage.

But it's difficult to be proud of the Canadian government at the moment.  Here's the issue:

Lizzie Wapoose, who suffers from heart and liver problems, watches her 11-month-old niece Cleo on Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012, on the Fort Hope First Nation, Ont.
Lizzie Wapoose, who suffers from heart and liver problems, watches her 11-month-old niece Cleo on Tuesday Dec. 18, 2012, on the Fort Hope First Nation, Ont.

About two weeks ago, Attawapiskat Chief, Theresa Spence a 49-year old mother of five daughters attended a meeting of chiefs at a national gathering and heard (once again) of the dreadful problems affecting their people, problems which also affect her people.  She embarked on a hunger strike, saying she will fast until the federal government gives in to her demand for a meeting among first nations, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and a representative of the Crown. As of this writing, she has been fasting for 15 days, consuming only water, fish broth and medicinal tea.Chief Spence says she is prepared to die, if necessary.

Surely it won't come to that.  Surely Prime Minister Harper, who lives only an 8 minute drive from where Chief Spence is fasting  . . . 

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