by Assembly of First Nations | Jan 16, 2013
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to offer this update regarding recent discussions, strategy sessions, meetings and developments regarding the First Nation-Crown relationship, and the continued priorities of First Nations in achieving change for our peoples, communities and nations.
Meeting of First Nations Leaders and the Prime Minister, January 11, 2013
To further the support and calls for a meeting between First Nations and the Crown, by consensus the AFN National Executive sent an Open letter to the Prime Minister and Governor General on December 16, 2012 requesting a meeting to deal with matters of Treaty implementation and inherent rights. This request took forward and expressed support for the actions of Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence as well as the growing chorus of grassroots members demonstrating and advocating for change.
For Immediate Release:
January 11, 2013, Victoria Island, traditional territory of the Algonquian Peoples: Chief Theresa Spence is standing firm on her request that both Prime Minster and Governor General of Canada need to be present and participate at the meeting with First Nation leaders. This statement comes on the heels of the Governor General announcing his invite to meet at a “ceremonial” meeting without the Prime Minster in attendance.
by L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) | Jan 11, 2013
L’Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ), the Quebec student movement which prosecuted the hugely successful 2012 Quebec student protests against tuition hikes, has issued the following statement of solidarity with #IdleNoMore:
Last year the streets of Quebec vibrated to the rhythm of hundreds of thousands of marching feet, as our student strike against an increase in university tuition fees blossomed into the political awakening of a society.