OPSEU sponsors social-cultural program of
Assembly of First Nations 2012 Annual Assembly
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) is
pleased to announce that it will be one of the sponsors of the
social-cultural program at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual
General Assembly (AGA) which will take place July 16 to 19, 2012 in Toronto.
At a formal signing event for the sponsorship on Thursday,
February 23 at OPSEU’s Head Office, President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
presented a cheque to Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald from the AFN’s Host
Committee for $25,000, and pledge of $25,000 for in-kind services
specifically to support cultural programming at the AGA.
The AGA will combine the election of a National Chief with a
celebration honouring First Nations’ contributions during the War of 1812.
There will be a play based on that event along with a First Nations’
Veterans Commemorative War of 1812 service, a private viewing of the Norval
Morrisseau collection, a concert of various First Nation talents and much
“This is a great opportunity to honour our First Nations,”
says OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “We are proud to assist in
paying tribute to the contributions that First Nations have made to our
OPSEU Executive Board Member Gord Longhi says it’s not only
about honoring the past. “OPSEU cares about the local economy and social
justice in the broader community. This event will bring millions of dollars
into the city of Toronto. We hope that Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford will
demonstrate his own commitment and recognize the AFN’s 33rd annual meeting.
Photo: President Smokey Thomas (L) with Tuesday
Johnston-Macdonald (R) signing the memorandum of understanding
agreement for the sponsorship of the social-cultural program at the
Assembly of First Nation’s Annual General Assembly held in July,