OTTAWA, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Assembly of First Nations, Aboriginal
organizations, church, government, NGOs, members of civil society, and members
of the public will be participating in the National Day of Reconciliation,
marking the first anniversary of the Prime Minister's Apology to Residential
School Survivors and their families.
Sacred Fire Ceremony begins on Victoria Island in Ottawa River (behind
National Library). Access by foot is from the Portage Bridge. Road access is
from the Chaudiere Bridge. Media are invited to film the Pipe Ceremony.
A traditional prayer and welcome to Victoria Island with speeches and
entertainment until 10:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. National Chief Phil Fontaine participates in One Thousand
Conversations, hosted by Governor General Michaelle Jean at National Art
10:45 a.m. Marchers gather on Victoria Island.
11 a.m. Handshake ceremony and exchange of gifts on Portage Bridge with
members of church and state. March continues to Parliament Hill.
12 p.m. Round dance with children followed by speeches, and presentation
of children's messages of Hopes and Dreams for a Better Canada to the Prime
Minister and to the Senate.
3 p.m. National Chief will present an update to Senate on one year after
5:30 p.m. Wabano "Igniting the Spirit" Gala at Crowne Plaza, 101 Lyon
9:30 p.m. AFN National Day of Reconciliation Dance at Crowne Plaza
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations people in Canada.
For further information:
For further information: For more details on logistics and participants,
contact: Bryan Hendry, Senior Policy Advisor, Assembly of First Nations, (613)
241-6789, ext. 229, cell: (613) 293-6106, firstname.lastname@example.org; Don Kelly,
A/Communications Director, Assembly of First Nations, (613) 241-6789, ext.
334, cell: (613) 292-2787, email@example.com