October 26, 2007

CAW partnership will launch infrastructure projects to fight poverty and commit to social justice

Toronto, Ontario – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has teamed up with the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) to launch a series of infrastructure projects. The partnership is part of AFN’s ongoing Make Poverty History campaign and a CAW commitment to social justice in Canada and abroad. Key focus points of the projects include clean drinking water, increased accessibility to community services and safe places for women.

“These are tangible projects that are going to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of First Nations people and their communities,” says National Chief Phil Fontaine. “We are grateful to the CAW for showing leadership and volunteering their time and skills in advancing social justice in our communities.”

The first initiative will be the Native Canadian Centre in Toronto, where local CAW members will build a children’s play area, carry out kitchen repairs and build a wheelchair ramp. The project will begin next week.

Other projects include Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, where CAW members will create a drop-in centre, and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation in the Yukon, where the union will help remediate water wells to eliminate the risk of E. coli contamination in the community’s drinking water and renovate a community centre.

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