National Day of Reconciliation for Canada's First Nations: June 11

June 10, 2009, 11:25 AM EST

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The CAW is urging participation, support and understanding about the importance of the The National Day of Reconciliation for Canada's First Nations on Thursday, June 11.

Former CAW President Buzz Hargrove will join Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine on Parliament Hill in Ottawa as well as other government, labour, and church officials to highlight the significance of June 11.

Hargrove is scheduled to speak at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Parliament Hill on Thursday. Earlier in the day there will be a Sunrise Ceremony and a Water Ceremony at Victoria Island in the Ottawa River as well as a march to Parliament Hill. The ceremonies will also include First Nations dancing, singing and drumming among many other activities.

The day marks the first anniversary of Canada's apology for its treatment of children, parents and families as a result of the Indian Residential School system.

In 2007 the CAW and Assembly of First Nations launched a series of joint community building projects as part of the national Make Poverty History for First Nations campaign. CAW skilled trades volunteers helped refurbish the children's learning room in the Toronto Native Friendship Centre. They are also rebuilding 57 water wells for the Little Salmon/Carmacks community in the Yukon.

During the National Day of Reconciliation CAW is providing support including transportation to Ottawa First Nations communities to attend events on June 11th.

For more information on the National Day of Reconciliation and to find a complete schedule of events visit

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