OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today recognized the importance of the
adoption of a Parliamentary motion supporting First Nations education.
"First Nations leaders, educators and our inspiring young leaders like
Shannen Koostachin have made a clear and compelling case for investing
in First Nation education. Our kids deserve good schools - schools that
nurture them in their languages and cultures and schools that create
the opportunity for success. The support of all Parliamentarians is a key next step and a solid indication that we are
on the right path forward. We now look for action and commitment to
implement this motion including investment. We will look to all of
Parliament to uphold today's commitment.
As recent reports confirm, we must build and support First Nation
education systems with stable funding. This is something that must
happen." said National Chief Atleo.
The motion, put forward by the NDP and supported by all Parliamentarians
declares that all First Nation children have an equal right to high
quality culturally-relevant education. It also commits Parliament to
providing the necessary financial and policy supports for First Nations
education systems on par with non-reserve provincial schools and
working collaboratively with First Nations and other jurisdictions to
National Chief Atleo and Chiefs from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 will participate
in a media scrum on this motion and next steps required for First
Tuesday February 28, 2012
10:30 a.m. (approx.) (MST)
2012 Winter Assembly of Treaty Chiefs
Treaty No. 7 Territory - Calgary, Alberta
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre
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