OTTAWA, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students is marking National Aboriginal Day by recognizing the work First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at colleges and universities across Canada are doing to advocate for political, environmental and social change every day.
On National Aboriginal Day, students are reflecting on generations of colonial violence that have resulted in the injustices faced by Aboriginal peoples today. Aboriginal youth, one of the fastest growing demographics in Canada, are leading the charge in movements for climate justice and access to education, to end violence against Aboriginal women and for the right to self determination.
The National Aboriginal Caucus is calling on governments to uphold treaty obligations and take action to increase access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal students, establish a national inquiry on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and fulfill all other recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
This day is not just a reminder of Canada's unfulfilled commitments to Aboriginal peoples; it is an opportunity to recommit to moving forward together. Aboriginal students and youth continue to lead the way, both on campuses and in communities, in the fight for social, environmental and economic justice for Aboriginal communities across the country.
Founded in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organization, uniting over one-half million students across Canada. The National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students is the national voice of Aboriginal students at universities and colleges in Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
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