OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today stated his support for new teaching
materials and resources on Treaties and Treaty Relationships created by
the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba in collaboration with three
Manitoba First Nations Organizations and the federal government.
"I fully support this effort as it will help ensure Canadians learn
about and understand First Nations and the history of the relationship
between our people and Canada," said AFN National Chief Atleo. "I
encourage all schools across Canada, whether First Nations or
provincial, to look at these materials and resources and use them as a
national teaching tool for K-12 students. This country was built on
Treaties and we have made Treaties and Treaty Rights one of our main
priorities here at the AFN. These materials will help Canadians
understand that we are all Treaty People."
The Treaty Education Initiative pilot project was tested last year for
grades 5 and 6 in eleven different schools across Manitoba and was a
success in urban, rural, on reserve, and off reserve schools. The
Treaty Education Initiative has three objectives:
Increase the knowledge and understanding of the Treaties and the Treaty
Relationship among all students;
Ensure students understand the impact of the Treaties and the Treaty
Relationship on the creation of Manitoba;
Build bridges between all peoples in order to strengthen Canadian
society and prosperity.
National Chief Atleo stated: "I had the honor last week of participating
in the seventh Treaty Gathering of the 1-11 Treaty Nations. One of the
main themes at this event was the importance of educating First Nations
and Canadians on the importance of the Treaties. Ensuring this
information is taught in the classroom will help everyone understand
the mutual rights and obligations of all people in Canada."
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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For further information:
Don Kelly, Assembly of First Nations A/Communications Director
613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or email email@example.com
Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org