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Raymond Robinson hunger strike ends

By Jesse M. Kelly, Postmedia News

An aboriginal leader has put an end to an all out hunger strike that lasted five days and fifteen hours.

Raymond Robinson, a Grand Elder from Cross Lake, Manitoba sent out a tweet on the social media site Twitter at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, announcing that he had ended his hunger strike at midnight Monday.

Robinson maintains he started his hunger strike at 9 a.m. last Wednesday.

Originally Robinson said his hunger strike would continue until perceived changes to First Nations funding agreements were revoked.

Robinson was also asking for the Government of Canada to sit down with his First Nations leaders on a “nation to nation” basis.

Dr. Blake Woodside medical director of the program for eating disorders at Toronto General Hospital said that, assuming no organs were damaged, Robinson should have an uneventful recovery.

Robinson has yet to issue a statement explaining why he decided to end his hunger strike.

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