Media advisory - National Chief Phil Fontaine to open trading on Toronto Stock Exchange

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Phil Fontaine will have the honour of opening trading on Toronto Stock
Exchange on Friday, June 19 to celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21.
    In 1996, the Federal Government officially declared June 21 National
Aboriginal Day as a special day to celebrate the unique heritage, cultures and
contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis People in Canada. On June 21,
Canadians may participate in the many National Aboriginal Day events taking
place across the country.
    During his final term, National Chief Fontaine founded the AFN Corporate
Challenge which encourages industry to work in partnership with First Nation
communities through investment, employment, and procurement opportunities. The
National Chief has been a strong advocate for the duty to fully consult and
accommodate before any resource exploration begins on First Nation land and
traditional territory. In 2007, the AFN also co-drafted legislation with the
federal Conservative government to help improve and speed up the specific land
claims process.
    This past March, the AFN hosted the first Inter-Nation Trade and Economic
Summit in Toronto, which attracted over 800 business, government, and
indigenous delegates from around the world. The State of the First Nation
Economy research paper was also released at that time.

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

For further information:

For further information: Bryan Hendry, Senior Policy Advisor, Economic
Partnerships, (613) 293-6106,; Karyn Pugliese, Health
Communications, (613) 292-1877,

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