February 27, 2012
National Chief Atleo and Chiefs from Treaty 6, 7 and 8 press conference on education - Feb 28
OTTAWA (ON) - 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 hold-up 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, 2012TIME: 10:30 a.m. (approx.) (MST)LOCATION: 2012 Winter Assembly of Treaty ChiefsTreaty No. 7 Territory - Calgary, AlbertaCoast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre