Media Advisory for News Conference Tomorrow - Conference on the Canadian Truth Commission on Indian Residential Schools

    OTTAWA, June 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning tomorrow, Friday, to Monday,
June 17, the University of Calgary and the Assembly of First Nations will
co-host a unique and very important conference to address the historic Truth
and Reconciliation Commission which begins its work this fall.
    The Truth Commission is one part of the comprehensive settlement reached
between the AFN, the residential school survivors, the churches and the
government of Canada to settle thousands of claims brought in the courts for
sexual and physical abuse as well as for loss of language and culture which
occurred over several generations of students

    News conference to be held at 10: 45 a.m. (Mountain Time) tomorrow, Fri.,

    MacEwan Hall Ballroom (2nd floor MacEwan Hall), University of Calgary

    Present will be Conference Co-chairs:
    National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations
    Kathleen Mahoney, Professor, Faculty of Law
    Bob Watts, Interim Executive Director, Indian Residential Schools Truth
    and Reconciliation Commission

    Available for comment/interviews:
    Lisa Magarrell, International Centre for Transitional Justice
    Rev. Bongani Finca, formerly of South African Truth Commission

    Other Key Note speakers include: Minister Jim Prentice, Piers Pigou
    (South Africa), Dr. Sophia Macher (Peru), Mary Raftery (Ireland),
    Michael Enright (CBC), and others.

For further information:

For further information: Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor - Office of
the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243, (613) 298-6382,; Kim
Reinhart, University of Calgary, Bus: (403) 239-8982, Cell: (403) 861-2065,; Bryan Hendry, A/Director of Communications, (613) 241-6789
ext. 229, cell (613) 293-6106,

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