OTTAWA, June 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo released the following statement in
recognition of National Aboriginal Day:
"On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the AFN Executive, today
we pay tribute to all Indigenous peoples and cultures in Canada. By
celebrating First Nation, Métis and Inuit peoples, cultures and
traditions, National Aboriginal Day brings hope and opportunity for a
new relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of this country and the
rest of Canadians.
As First Nations move toward a better quality of life for our people,
where our communities are strong and healthy and our governments are
supported and our economies are strong, we do so with an important
balance - living and learning according to the wisdom of our ancestors
while gaining the knowledge and support we need to fulfill our dreams.
Today we celebrate the traditions and teachings of our ancestors and
look to our youth to carry them forward. First Nation young people,
the fastest and largest growing population in Canada, and the leaders
of today, must be supported in their efforts to motivate change for
I wish First Nations and all Canadians a peaceful and happy National
Aboriginal Day and encourage all to take part in events taking place
across the country. I encourage everyone to get out and enjoy
Indigenous cultural events today and throughout Aboriginal History
Month (June) and learn more about Canada's national history. With
increased awareness and understanding we can rebuild relationships and
continue steps toward true reconciliation.
AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo declared June 2011 a month of First
Nation advocacy, awareness and action and today, the AFN is hosting a
Special Parliamentary Reception in Ottawa for all Members of
Parliament. Find out more at www.afn.ca.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. AFN and National Chief Atleo are on
twitter. Follow @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.
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