OTTAWA, May 3 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said today he will continue efforts to ensure the
new government and all political parties work with First Nations to
address First Nation priorities.
"First Nations will continue to advance our plans to transform the
relationship between First Nations and all Canadians and to move away
from the Indian Act, based on our rights, jurisdiction and Treaties, to
educate our youth, build our economies, strengthen our governments and
create safe and secure communities for our people to live and work,"
said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "We are the youngest and fastest
growing segment of the population and our people and our issues will
shape the future of this country."
The National Chief will be contacting the Prime Minister and relevant
members of Cabinet (once announced) to set out a forward-looking agenda
for real change and progress. "We will build on positive commitments
from the last Parliament for a First Nations - Crown Gathering as well
as moving forward immediately on the priority of ensuring fairness and
equity in First Nations education." said National Chief Atleo.
Throughout the Federal election campaign, AFN led an initiative based on
four key areas to address the gap between First Nation citizens and
other Canadians. The First Nations Count initiative is part of a broad theme of "working together now to build
success for the future". The priorities are affirming relationships,
education, driving partnership and the economy, and community health
"First Nations everyday are some of the most vulnerable in this country,
challenged by unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing and other
social-economic and justice factors," said National Chief Atleo. "By
transforming the relationship to one that respects and recognizes First
Nations rights and the benefits of working together, we will see
greater contributions to the country as a whole."
The National Chief offered his congratulations to the 7 Aboriginal
candidates that were elected as Members of Parliament and congratulated
all the Aboriginal candidates in this election.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. National Chief Atleo and AFN are on
Twitter. Follow us @NCAtleo @AFN_Updates @AFN_Comms.
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