National Chief Atleo Welcomes All Party Support for Parliamentary Motion on First Nations Education

OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today recognized the importance of the adoption of a Parliamentary motion supporting First Nations education.

"First Nations leaders, educators and our inspiring young leaders like Shannen Koostachin have made a clear and compelling case for investing in First Nation education. Our kids deserve good schools - schools that nurture them in their languages and cultures and schools that create the opportunity for success. The support of all Parliamentarians is a key next step and a solid indication that we are on the right path forward. We now look for action and commitment to implement this motion including investment.  We will look to all of Parliament to uphold today's commitment.

As recent reports confirm, we must build and support First Nation education systems with stable funding.  This is something that must happen." said National Chief Atleo.

The motion, put forward by the NDP and supported by all Parliamentarians declares that all First Nation children have an equal right to high quality culturally-relevant education.  It also commits Parliament to providing the necessary financial and policy supports for First Nations education systems on par with non-reserve provincial schools and working collaboratively with First Nations and other jurisdictions to ensure implementation.

National Chief Atleo and Chiefs from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 will participate in a media scrum on this motion and next steps required for First Nation education:

DATE:    Tuesday February 28, 2012
TIME:    10:30 a.m. (approx.) (MST)

2012 Winter Assembly of Treaty Chiefs
Treaty No. 7 Territory - Calgary, Alberta
Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre

The Assembly of First Nation is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @NCAtleo, @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.


For further information:

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or

Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or

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