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Aboriginal protesters plan 'global day of action' for treaty rights

Protestors are seen gathering during a rally around Parliament Hill Jan 11, 2013 in Ottawa.

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KRISTY KIRKUP | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - Dozens of Idle No More protesters intend to gather on Parliament Hill Monday, when MPs head back to the Commons for the first time following a holiday break.

The First Nations demonstrators, who want the feds to address issues including aboriginal opposition to two budget bills, plan to meet at Ottawa's Victoria Island where Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence held a protest for six weeks.

Spence - who demanded treaty implantation and a joint-meeting with Gov. Gen. David Johnston, aboriginal leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper - ended efforts Thursday after supporters and opposition parties signed a 13-point action plan for future goals.

"Stay together no matter what hardship we go through," she told chiefs.

Monday's protest event on the Hill has been timed to coincide with Idle No More's 'Global Day of Action', which has been planned for weeks online.

Previous nationwide demonstrations have also featured blockades of high-traffic rail lines and highways.

On Jan. 11, Harper agreed to meet with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and some aboriginal leaders to discuss next steps.

Spence and supporting chiefs from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories boycotted the meeting because Johnston did not attend.

Following discussions, Harper agreed to a "high level" of dialogue on the aboriginal affairs fire.

But the government is not willing to revisit the budget bills that are being challenged in court by two Alberta First Nations.

Earlier this month, representatives from Frog Lake First Nation and Mikisew Cree First Nation applied for a judicial review.

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