Students Support First Nations Day of Action

    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Students have put their full support
behind the June 29, 2007 Day of Action to urge the federal government to take
action to improve the lives of Aboriginal and First Nations people across the
    "Among other issues facing Aboriginal people in Canada, insufficient
post-secondary education funding for Aboriginal students is a problem that
must be addressed by the federal government immediately", said Mike White,
Aboriginal Students' Representative of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"Funding for core programs to support Aboriginal students has been capped
since the early 1980s. The current standard of living of many Aboriginal
people and the lack of government action to address these issues is
    Students and community members will take to the streets across Canada on
Friday, June 29 to stand together with First Nations to build pressure on the
federal government to act.
    "We will be encouraging our members to participate in the day of action",
said Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"The student movement stands in solidarity with Aboriginal and First Nations
    The Day of Action, endorsed by the Assembly of First Nation's December
2006 Special Chiefs Assembly, was supported unanimously at the May 2007
national general assembly of the Canadian Federation of Students.

    The Canadian Federation of Students is an alliance of more than
80 university and college students' unions with a combined membership of over
one-half million students. The Federation's National Aboriginal Caucus unites
Aboriginal students on campuses across Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Mike White, Aboriginal Students'
Representative, (604) 316-4515 (cell); Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson,
(613) 232-7394 ext. 21

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