Media Advisory - National union leaders to federal government: When it comes to Aboriginal Rights - Sometimes Sorry is not Enough!

OTTAWA, Oct. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - PSAC National President John Gordon will join other leaders of Canada's largest unions at the National Press Gallery in Ottawa Thursday to deliver thousands of postcards urging the federal government to take action on key Aboriginal Rights issues. They will be joined by NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder.

The press conference will kick off a full day of lobbying by the PSAC's National Aboriginal Peoples' Circle. These PSAC members have come from across the country to tell Parliament that the labour movement supports Aboriginal Peoples in their struggle for justice.

"The federal government rightfully apologized to the survivors of Residential Schools 16 months ago but since then, what have they done to improve the social condition of Canada's First Peoples?" asked Gordon. "By nearly every measure, Aboriginal Peoples are the most marginalized in the country. When will this government take action?

DETAILS OF THE EVENT

    WHAT:        PRESS CONFERENCE

    WHO:         -  PSAC National President, John Gordon
                 -  CUPE National President Paul Moist
                 -  CUPW National President Denis Lemelin
                 -  NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Jean Crowder

    WHEN:        9 a.m. Thursday, October 29, 2009

    WHERE:       National Press Gallery, 150 Wellington, Ottawa

    SUBJECT:     The need for immediate action on Aboriginal rights

    USW National Representative Pat Van Horne will also attend.
For further information: Michael DesAutels, PSAC Human Rights and Aboriginal Peoples' Officer, (613) 560-4303 or (613) 222-7381