CTF stands with First Nations on National Day of Action

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - (CTF News Service) On Friday, June 29, the
Canadian Teachers' Federation is joining the Assembly of First Nations, other
Aboriginal organizations, and hundreds of national, provincial, and community
groups across Canada in a National Day of Action, demanding that the Canadian
government work in partnership with First Nations to address long-standing
issues of justice and fairness.
    "Our 220,000 members are calling on the government to take urgent action
to resolve long-standing issues such as poverty, settling land claims, and
building First Nations' economies", says CTF President Winston Carter.
    "It is not acceptable that one in every four children in First Nations
communities live in poverty and that 40% of off-reserve Aboriginal children
are growing up below the poverty line. A vital step in building economies,
reducing poverty, and creating futures is the development of a quality
education system that works as well for First Nations children, as the public
education system works for other children in Canada."
    The Canadian Teachers' Federation is actively involved in the promotion
of improvement for the First Nations education system. A strongly related
priority for this national organization is the elimination of child poverty.
CTF considers it a national embarrassment that in a country that holds a
strong world leadership position, Canadian children are living in poverty and
without access to quality education - the very education that could provide
them with the self-esteem, literacy, and leadership skills they need to open
new opportunities.
    "We urge the federal government to engage in constructive dialogue with
First Nations and Aboriginal communities", reiterated Carter, "dialogue that
will result in actions to improve the quality of life for all First Nations

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF (www.ctf-fce.ca)
is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education
International (www.ei-ie.org).

For further information:

For further information: Linda Hiles, Interim Director of
Communications, (613) 232-1505, ext. 130; Comments: Winston Carter, CTF

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