OTTAWA, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today reminds all Canadians of the unique
and diverse cultures of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and the need to
celebrate and understand the priorities and important contributions of
First Nations, Metis and Inuit on National Aboriginal Day and every
"June 21 has always been an important time for Indigenous peoples in
Canada. The summer solstice is a time of gathering and of celebration,"
said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "Today, and throughout the month
of June, we see special events and gatherings from coast to coast to
coast celebrating First Nation, Metis and Inuit cultures, traditions
and languages. I applaud the efforts of the many First Nations leaders
hosting events today and encourage everyone to get involved. These
events, and our work day to day, is about much more than celebration.
It's about preserving and protecting our languages and traditions and
educating all Canadians about our shared history of the many
contributions of First Nations, Metis and Inuit and our priorities as
we move forward."
First Nations across Canada continue to advance plans based on their
rights, responsibilities and Treaties - to be healthy and educated and
active participants, driving local economies and key players in the
overall Canadian economy.
"We have a long way to go to achieve fairness and equity for First
Nations in this country, but I do feel that change is essential and it
is possible - change where First Nation rights and Treaties are
respected, recognized and implemented in ways that First Nations can
drive the solutions to the challenges they face, make the decisions
that impact their territories and fulfill their true potential," said
National Chief Atleo.
AFN encourages all Canadians to learn more about the diverse Indigenous
cultures of Canada (First Nation, Metis and Inuit) by taking part in
cultural events this June.
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