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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Blanket Train rally - June 21st @ 1 pm on Supreme Court lawn

Come Join the Blanket Train!

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day. We are gathering in Ottawa to call For

Take the train to Ottawa with the Aboriginal Rights Coalition and the
Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Initiative.

On June 21, community activists from across Canada will come together in
Ottawa at the Supreme Court of Canada building to symbolically reverse the
process of dispossessing Aboriginal peoples from the land, and to show
support for the ARC/Jubilee "Land Rights, Right Relations" petition

In a twist on the "blanket exercise" that dramatizes the forced separation
of Aboriginal peoples from their home, we will roll out blankets from across
Canada, symbolizing our commitment to restoring right relations with
Aboriginal peoples, and joining in the Jubilee call for a truly independent
commission to implement Aboriginal land, treaty, and inherent rights.

We're coming on three trains: one from the East (Halifax); one from the
North (Churchill); and one from the West (Vancouver). The Eastern train will
pick up Quebec participants in Montreal. The Churchill and Vancouver trains
will meet in Winnipeg, and will be joined in Toronto by folks from the
Southern part of Canada.

We will come carrying the blankets that symbolize the land we once shared,
stopping along the way to pick up bundles of blankets from individuals and
communities. People can join us for the journey if they wish. On June 21,
upon our arrival in Ottawa, we will spread out the blankets - 500, we hope!

How Can Local Groups Participate?

Plan your own event to collect as many blankets as possible (including some
blankets with special significance to your community).

Meet the train when it arrives in your area, and pass on the blankets.
Invite local Aboriginal communities to welcome the train to their
territory... hold a ceremony marking the passing of the blankets.

Hold a petition blitz before, during, or after the train comes through.
completed petitions can be handed over with your blankets!

Come to Ottawa! Join us on the train... carpool...take a bus...ride your
bike...canoe up the Rideau Canal...however you do it, join us in Ottawa
June 21!

Trains will be following these routes: 1.
Halifax-Truro-Moncton-Bathurst-Campbellton-Charny- Drummondville-Saint
Lambert-Montreal-Alexandria-Ottawa 2.
Churchill-Gillam-Ilford-Pikwitonei-Thicket Portage-The Pas-Hudson
Bay-Dauphin-Winnipeg 3.
Vancouver-Kamloops-Jasper-Edmonton-Saskatoon-Melville- Winnipeg-Sioux
Lookout-Capreol-Sudbury Junction-Toronto-Oshawa-Coburg-
Belleville-Kingston-Brockville-Smith's Falls-Ottawa

Need More Information?

Jennifer Henry at 416.462.1613 or ecejjh@accessv.com Julie Graham at
416.463.5312 or jules@web.net

416.927.1305 or stratton@web.net Ed Bianchi at 613.235.9956 or

Len Bush, National Representative
National Union of Public and General Employees
15 Auriga Drive, Nepean, On, Canada, K2E 1B7
(613) 228-9800 / (613) 228-9801 [fax]
www.nupge.ca / lbush@nupge.ca

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