Sagkeeng First Nation to Honour National Chief Phil Fontaine and Celebrate the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement



    OTTAWA, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Phil will join Sagkeeng First Nation today to celebrate "A Generation of
Change."
    "Today is a day to acknowledge the pain survivors endured in residential
schools, and what they've done to move towards healing," National Chief Phil
Fontaine said. "Many survivors have struggled, and others have made heroic
efforts to succeed in life."
    Many of the people of Sagkeeng First Nation see the National Chief as a
true success and a role model. He was born in the community, about
130 kilometres north of Winnipeg. He was taken from his family when he was
only six years old and placed in a residential school. Despite this traumatic
experience, he eventually became a leader in his community. He was chief of
Sagkeeng First Nation for two consecutive terms in the 1970s. He was later
elected as the Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and is now
serving his third term in Ottawa as National Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations.
    Today, members of Sagkeeng First Nation will honour the National Chief
for his hard work and determination in seeing the Indian Residential Schools
Settlement Agreement through to completion. The agreement includes the
creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will help shed light on
the horrors of residential schools to ensure all Canadians know this important
part of their history.
    Chief Donovan Fontaine and the Council at Sagkeeng will make a
presentation of the economic development plans for the future of Sagkeeng
First Nation. The Sagkeeng Arts and Drama program will showcase square
dancing, fiddling and singing. The children and youth represent a talented and
healthy future for the First Nation community.

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




For further information:

For further information: Joan McEwen, AFN Communications Director, (613)
241-6789 ext. 242, cell (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca; Nancy Pine,
Communications Advisor, Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243,
cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications
Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell (613) 327-6331, jbellemare@afn.ca; Cora
Morgan, Sagkeeng First Nation, (204) 470-8034, coramorgan@shaw.ca


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