Media advisory - Workers and union leaders to protest against poor public services in Aboriginal communities

    March to Vic Toews' office will demand action against privatization and
    crumbling infrastructure

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Aboriginal workers and other
representatives of the labour and social justice movement will rally in
Winnipeg tomorrow to raise awareness about the federal government's inaction
at addressing the poor quality and rapidly deteriorating public services in
Aboriginal communities across Canada.
    "The federal government must take action now to address the water and
infrastructure crisis in First Nations communities," said Patty Ducharme,
National Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada
(PSAC). "Public services are crumbling and private companies are eager to cash
in on the problem. Privatization is no solution. It's time for the federal
government to stand up for quality public services in Aboriginal communities.
We want to know if federal election candidates are willing to make firm
commitments to stand up for Aboriginal human rights."
    Tomorrow's demonstration will occur in conjunction with PSAC's inaugural
National Aboriginal Peoples' Conference, taking place in Winnipeg at the
Fairmont Hotel from September 19 - 21. Workers will unite under the theme of
"MAAWANGITEENG: Where the Journey Begins!" This represents the culmination of
over 30 years of PSAC working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis workers to
improve their workplaces and communities.
    The conference participants, as well as local Aboriginal groups, labour
organizations and activists will be marching to the Winnipeg office of
Treasury Board President, Vic Toews.
    National Executive Vice-President Patty Ducharme will speak at the rally.

    What:   Public rally in support of public services in Aboriginal

    When:   Friday, September 19, 2008

    Where:  Convening at the Fairmont Hotel, then marching to
            240 Graham Ave., Winnipeg, MB

    Time:   12:05 pm

For further information:

For further information: or to book interviews: Ariel Troster, PSAC
Communications Officer, (613) 292-8363 (cell)

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