Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month & National Aboriginal Day

TORONTO, June 2, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF)'s recent survey on Views of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, conducted by Leger Marketing, indicates that almost half of all Canadians are concerned about relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples. The survey also showed that those reporting greater contact with Aboriginal peoples are more likely to have more positive views of Aboriginal peoples.

"This is a particularly poignant time with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's closing events in Ottawa, May 31-June 3, 2015. The CRRF recognizes the significant contribution of the Commission's work to our collective future based on respect and inclusion," said CRRF Executive Director, Anita Bromberg from Ottawa today.

To further the work of improving relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal  peoples in Canada, the CRRF is celebrating National Aboriginal History Month in June with a series of tributes and a community consultation event.

On Thursday, June 25, the CRRF is hosting a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit community consultation at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, in association with the Master of Indigenous Relations (MIR) program. This event will convene Aboriginal thought leaders, changemakers, and community representatives from across the country – in person and via live stream – for a one-day discussion and knowledge-sharing session on the topic of identity, belonging, and Canadian values. Ideas shared at the community consultation will inform the CRRF's upcoming First Nations, Métis, and Inuit symposium, planned for Toronto in January 2016.

In addition, the CRRF's "150 Stories" online publishing initiative will begin a month-long series of profiles on Aboriginal peoples and community initiatives. On June 3rd, read a profile of Olympic athlete and Pan-Am Games gold medalist Waneek Horn-Miller (Mohawk), the Chef de Mission for the 2015 Pan-Am Games. Other June stories will focus on Snuneymuxw soccer star and Sports Hall of Fame inductee Harry Manson; Native Learning Centre: A classroom where Native youth can work towards a high school diploma through a flexible curriculum; and Cree elder and visionary politician Solomon Sanderson, who introduced the term "First Nations."

SOURCE Canadian Race Relations Foundation

For further information: Media Contact: Anita Bromberg, CRRF Executive Director, 416-508-9033


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