Celebration and Reconciliation Mark 20th National Aboriginal Day

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

June 21, 2016

 

CELEBRATION AND RECONCILIATION MARK 20TH NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY

 

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is celebrating June 21st - the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day - the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in Canada, as well as continuing to call for the full implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

 

"The labour movement in Saskatchewan and across the country is stronger as a result of the many Aboriginal members we have, and the perspectives and experiences they bring to their unions," said SFL president Larry Hubich, "we enthusiastically join with all Aboriginal Peoples in Canada on the 20th anniversary of this important day," he added.

 

This is also the first National Aboriginal Day since the full and final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was released in December of 2015.

 

"We have a tremendous opportunity in Saskatchewan and Canada to speak truths about historical injustices that were committed against First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in this country, and then do the hard work required for true reconciliation," said Hubich, "we strongly encourage governments of all levels, businesses, community organizations, unions, and all citizens to read and fully engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's full report and calls to action," he added.

 

The SFL will continue efforts, led by its Aboriginal Workers Committee, to engage First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities at large, take part in events and celebrations, and do all it can to stand in solidarity with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in their struggles for rights, recognition, and reconciliation.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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