CTF stands with First Nations on National Day of Action

June 28, 2007

Ottawa – On Friday, June 29, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation is joining the Assembly of First Nations, other Aboriginal organizations, and hundreds of national, provincial, and community groups across Canada in a National Day of Action, demanding that the Canadian government work in partnership with First Nations to address long-standing issues of justice and fairness.

“Our 220,000 members are calling on the government to take urgent action to resolve long-standing issues such as poverty, settling land claims, and building First Nations’ economies”, says CTF President Winston Carter.

“It is not acceptable that one in every four children in First Nations communities live in poverty and that 40% of off-reserve Aboriginal children are growing up below the poverty line. A vital step in building economies, reducing poverty, and creating futures is the development of a quality education system that works as well for First Nations children, as the public education system works for other children in Canada.”

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation is actively involved in the promotion of improvement for the First Nations education system. A strongly related priority for this national organization is the elimination of child poverty. CTF considers it a national embarrassment that in a country that holds a strong world leadership position, Canadian children are living in poverty and without access to quality education – the very education that could provide them with the self-esteem, literacy, and leadership skills they need to open new opportunities.

“We urge the federal government to engage in constructive dialogue with First Nations and Aboriginal communities”, reiterated Carter, “dialogue that will result in actions to improve the quality of life for all First Nations peoples.”

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF ( http://ww.ctf-fce.ca ) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International ( http://www.ei-ie.org ).

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Comments:

Winston Carter, CTF President

Contact:

Linda Hiles , Interim Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext. 130