On June 3, 1990, the day the Meech Lake Accord was signed by the Premiers, Elijah Harper's personal and professional life was in tatters. The disarmingly shy politician and aboriginal leader was facing increasing pressure from his community to effect change, his marriage was on the rocks, and he was beginning to question whether he could meet the gigantic expectations placed upon him. Over the next 20 days, with the help of the Manitoba Chiefs, including the charismatic Chief Phil Fontaine, Harper rose to the challenge and inadvertently became a hero by fighting for the rights of Canada's aboriginal peoples. Risking everything that was important to him, Harper rocked the nation by raising an eagle feather and saying 'No' to Manitoba's ratification of the Meech Lake Accord.

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