December 15, 2012
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today expressed his sincere condolences to the individuals and families impacted by the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut, standing in solidarity against violence.
“On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and the AFN national executive, I extend a most sincere expression of sympathy, and offer our humble prayers to the families, the children and all affected by yesterday’s tragedy,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo from today from Ottawa, ON, Canada.
“At this difficult time, I share the fundamental belief and expression of the interconnectedness of all things – this is the way of Indigenous cultures. In my language – ‘tsawalk’ – we are all one. And for this reason, we feel the pain and grief very deeply of those impacted by this and other acts of violence – the individuals, families and the children,” said National Chief Atleo. “Our interconnectedness requires us all to be part of addressing and ending senseless and devastating violence that dishonours the preciousness of life. We have a responsibility to all children – to keep them safe and secure – and we must honour them in every way we can.”
“Such moments require all of us, as part of humanity, to resolve to find ways to support one another through peace and respect and to honour one another,” said National Chief Atleo. “We reach out with kindness – an expression of ‘yaa akmis’ to all suffering. We stand in solidarity against violence.”
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