AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine extends sympathies to families of victims of earthquake in Italy



    OTTAWA, April 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Chief of the Assembly of
First Nations expressed deep condolences to the families of the victims of the
April 6 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy and neighbouring communities. The death
toll following the devastating earthquake surpassed 205, more than 1500 people
were injured, many of whom are seriously injured, and over 50,000 are now
homeless.
    "The human cost of this natural disaster is truly disheartening and I
sincerely feel for the families who have lost loved ones, who sustained
injuries, and who have been rendered homeless as a result of the earthquake.
While natural calamites and the resulting outcome of human suffering affects
us all regardless of where we live, we especially extend our heartfelt
sympathies to the people of Italo-Canadian origin, many of whom are pained by
the fear and sorrow for the safety of their friends and family in Italy," said
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine.
    National Chief Phil Fontaine also stated that: "In times such as these,
we come together and offer our prayers and thoughts to all affected. We pray
for the safety and well-being of all rescuers, medical and humanitarian aid
workers, and all survivors in that region."

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national political organization
representing First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Gina Cosentino, Government Relations &
International Affairs, Assembly of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 ext 356,
gcosentino@afn.ca; Bryan Hendry, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic Development,
Assembly of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 ext 229, bhendry@afn.ca


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