I watched CBC’s release of its interview with Chief Theresa Spence. It was the first televised interview she gave, in fact, regarding her hunger strike.
The representation of Spence’s message to the masses by the journalist unfolded like a tragic comedy in the making.
Asked what would make her eat again, Chief Theresa Spence answers : “A meeting. A dialogue. With the Prime MInister, the Crown, 2 levels of the government and all the leaders.” (6m48s)
And the broadcast journalist, whom we never see, says, on a nationally broadcast interview: “So, to be precise, you would like, you need, to sit across the table from Stephen Harper, and have a chat.” (7m11s)
And the Chief goes: “Not just Stephen Harper. The Crown, and the two levels of government, that is the federal and the provincial.” (7m18s) And then 34 seconds later, says: “Federal Crown has to be there too” (7m42s)
A mere 16 seconds after the clarification, the reporter goes: “So, to be precise, it would be a meeting with the Governor General representing the Crown, Stephen Harper, the Prime Minster, and the Ontario Aboriginal Minister?” (7m58s)
So, again, the Chief reiterates who would attend the meeting that she’s fasting for: “With the leaders, all the leaders.”
And without so much as a “So to be precise…” the interviewer goes on to ask about Idle No More.