The First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres (FNCCEC) Expresses shock and dismay at the desecration of one of it's member Cultural Education Centres "Kitigan Zibi Cultural Centre"

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Hours before National Aboriginal Day, a
heinous and despicable cowardly act was perpetrated against one of its member
Centres in what can be described as a desecration of a Cultural Centre which
acts as the repository of the Algonquin community's language and traditional
    Kitigan Zibi First Nation has been long regarded as the cultural and
spiritual center of the Algonquin Nation and is also the homeland of the
renowned and respected Algonquin Nation Elder - Dr. William Commanda.
Paradoxically as Elder Dr. William Commanda (founder of the organization
Circle of All Nations) was conducting his annual Pipe Ceremony - held each
year during the day of the summer solstice and coinciding with National
Aboriginal Solidarity Day - his own community's cultural centre was being
savagely defiled.
    The FNCCEC condemns this criminal act in the strongest terms possible and
regrets yet another example of the enduring historical legacy of the social
and cultural degradation perpetrated against Canada's First Peoples.
    Regrettably this vicious cowardly act which was conducted under the cover
of night when the community members were asleep has the unfortunate effect of
unsettling the youth and children of the community. Their trauma is palpable
due to the anonymous nature of this crime which undermines their safety and
sense of security not knowing who they can trust.
    When such crimes are directed against our people and cultural
institutions and particularly when they threaten the security of our children
all First Nations people will stand defiantly against this continuing
treachery and we will refuse to accept these acts of terror as commonplace to
our experience in Canada.

    The FNCCEC was established in the early 70's to help to retain First
Nations' people's culture and languages which are on the verge of extinction
and decline after being systematically affronted through decades of government
policy and initiatives during the residential school era.

For further information:

For further information: Keith Matthew, President, First Nations
Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres, (613) 728-5999; Claudette Commanda,
Executive Director, First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres,
(613) 728-5999

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