OTTAWA, April 20 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse
were in Alderville First Nation today for the launch of an Indigenous
learning program designed jointly by Alderville First Nation and
Lakefield College School.
The National Chief and Regional Chief were welcomed by Alderville First
Nation Chief James Marsden, local students and about 100 students from
Lakefield College School for a special event marking the start of First
Nation-specific programming in the Lakefield private school's
"This community-based initiative is an inspiring example of action on
the ground that can act as a model for other education and learning
partnerships between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians," said AFN
National Chief Shawn Atleo. "This partnership is an innovative
approach to reconciliation between First Nations and the rest of
Canada, especially our youth who will move this work forward now and
into the future. It is about engaging and motivating young people to
learn about Indigenous people, issues and cultures. During an
important federal election, this initiative is a showcase of
partnership with an emphasis on education - a key priority for First
Nations to achieve their full potential in this country."
The Indigenous learning program includes learning from elders, from
songs and artists and will help strengthen relationships between First
Nation and non-First Nation students.
"Today marks the beginning of a unique collaboration between Lakefield
College School and First Nation peoples," said Joe Bettencourt, the
Assistant Head of Academics at Lakefield College School in Lakefield,
Ontario. "We look forward to learning about the history and stories of
others, and the role we need to play in appreciating the contributions
of First Nation peoples to our country."
"The intent here is to increase understanding of First Nation
traditions, cultures and histories," said Alderville First Nation Chief
James Marsden. "This is an important partnership that will further
promote strengthened relationships between First Nations and
For more information on AFN election priorities and upcoming events,
including an all candidates town hall on First Nation issues taking
place in Toronto April 27th please visit www.afn.ca.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo
on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.
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