A Month of Advocacy, Awareness and Action

First Nations seek to advance greater understanding between First Nations and all Canadians on the enduring First Nations – Crown relationship enshrined in Treaty and the responsibilities this creates for all of us.  We are all Treaty people.

As the national advocacy organization for First Nations across Canada, the Assembly of First Nations is planning special events throughout the month of June 2011.  With the return of the Federal Parliament, it is particularly important to draw attention to the fact that:

  • June is NATIONAL ABORIGINAL HISTORY MONTH as declared by the Canadian Parliament in 2009.
  • June 21st was confirmed by the Government of Canada as NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY in 1996.

We want to know about activities being planned by other organizations, groups and institutions!  
E-mail us about your activities and/or events and we’ll help get the word out!


Communities across Canada are holding banner-making events and other special activities to mark Roll With the Declaration, a national campaign to raise awareness of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Organized by the ecumenical justice organization Kairos, the campaign launches June 14 and will culminate in a national day of action in Ottawa on June 20. Kairos staff and volunteers are collecting banners at train stops en route to Ottawa. These will be gathered into a giant banner that will be carried through the streets of the nation’s capital on June 20, the eve of National Aboriginal Day.

Church and indigenous leaders will lead the march through downtown Ottawa up to Parliament Hill and the Human Rights Monument.  Other church leaders will gather on Victoria Island to lead a procession.

The march will urge the Canadian government to use the UN declaration “to improve the conditions faced by many indigenous communities in Canada,” said Kairos in a statement. “First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in Canada face unique challenges in terms of poverty, access to education and other measures of social well-being due to systematic violations of their human rights. The UN Declaration is one way to address these  problems.”

The Anglican Church of Canada, a Kairos member, will be represented by, among others, the Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, national indigenous Anglican bishop, and Archbishop Terry Finlay (ret.), the primate’s envoy on residential shools. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada’s national bishop, Susan Johnson, and its bishop of the Eastern Synod, Michael Pryse, are also listed as participants

Banner-making events and sendoffs will be held in the provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia

Join us for special events this June!

  • June 17-19 – Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival in Ottawa, ON as part of the National Aboriginal Day activities
  • June 20 – First Nation Citizenship roundtable with Indigenous artists as part of national citizenship dialogue
  • June 21 – AFN will host a special Parliamentary Reception in Ottawa for all Members of Parliament
  • June 21 – AFN will host a special event with students to share cultural teachings, perspectives and to raise awareness 
  • June 27-29 – AFN will host the first-ever International Indigenous Energy and Mining Summit in Niagara Falls, ON

Watch for:

  • June 10 – The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI) is organizing an education protest walk and rally
  • June 11 – AFN will mark  the 3 year anniversary of the Canada’s Apology for Indian Residential School
  • June 17 – international health delegation (Brazil) with a focus on e-health
  • June 20 – AFN Report on the first year of the national Call to Action on First Nation Education. This report will set clear targets for the second year with supportive statements from partners. Click here for the report!
  • Webcasts and webinars on key First Nation events and priorities
  • Regular web updates and Twitter discussion at #FNhist
  • First Nation schools “open houses” offering learning opportunities for surrounding communities
  • First Nation organizations hosting a variety of events aimed at raising awareness and advocacy in their regions and in provincial capitals

More information:

Economic Development and Employment
Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women
First Nations Accountability
First Nations Quality of Life
National Call to Action on First Nation Education
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Angie TurnerA Month of Advocacy, Awareness and Action