OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offered his recognition on the official
kickoff of the Third Annual We Stand Together Campaign in Support of Aboriginal Education. This initiative brought
forward by Free The Children along with the Martin Aboriginal Education
Initiative and will see students, educators and parents across the
country learn about the challenges, achievements and contributions of
Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
"I commend these two organizations for their leadership. A better
awareness of First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples and the realities
facing our communities can go a long way in breaking the many
stereotypes that we still encounter in this country," said AFN National
Chief Atleo. "First Nations have issued a Call to Action on Education,
a call to all Canadians to make education a door to opportunity and
success. We will be unrelenting in our advocacy for justice, for hope
and for opportunity for our children."
This 10-day campaign (February 25 - March 8, 2013) will see Olympian
Waneek Horn-Miller participating on a cross-Canada speaking tour,
visiting schools and sharing her story with thousands of students.
"First Nations seek support and understanding from all Canadians in
achieving new systems and approaches that will deliver a quality
education that values our languages and cultures consistent with our
rights, Treaty and our respective responsibilities," said National
Chief Atleo. "We have documented the underfunding of First Nations
education for many years now, and are calling for fairness and equity
to support success and unlock the full potential of our people."
For more information, visit www.freethechildren.com/westandtogether.
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