(June 1, 2011) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today launched an initiative to make June 2011 a month of “First Nation Advocacy, Awareness and Action”.
“Our goal this June is to continue to advance a greater understanding between First Nations and all Canadians,” said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
“We must all remember the enduring relationship between First Nations and the Crown, enshrined in Treaty and the responsibilities this relationship creates for all Canadians. We are all Treaty people. We have an opportunity to build a stronger Canadafor all of us by returning to the original vision of working together in partnership, mutual respect and understanding. First Nations are the youngest and fastest growing population in this country. We are the future. We want to work with Canadians on a path forward that unlocks the full potential of all First Nations in this country.”
June was declared “Aboriginal History Month” by Parliament in 2009 and National Aboriginal Day is marked annually June 21.
Throughout June 2011, the AFN will host and help coordinate a number of events in Ottawa, including the Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival June 17-19, a roundtable discussion on First Nation citizenship with Indigenous artists June 20, a Parliamentary Reception for all Members of Parliament June 21, a special event with students to share cultural teachings and perspectives June 21.
The AFN will also host online webinars on key topics – the first on accountability June 3.
There are plans to mark the three year anniversary of the federal Apology for residential schools June 11 and AFN will host the first ever International Indigenous energy and Mining Summit in Niagara Falls June 27-29.
“We encourage all First Nations and all Canadians to come out to our events and engage online,” said National Chief Atleo. “At the same time we’re encouraging local and regional events throughout the month of June to assist in raising awareness of First Nation culture, traditions and priorities as we move forward to improve the quality of life for our peoples and the rest of the country.”
Please visit http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/a-month-of-advocacy-awareness-and-action for more information and details on AFN and regional events and activities throughout the month of June.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.