Day of action
The Assembly of First Nations says it will hold its second annual National Day of Action on May 29th.
The Assembly first tried this tactic last year as a way to focus attention on First Nation's issues.
It was June 29th and in spite of calls for calm by National Chief Phil Fontaine, it wasn't exactly without incident.
Shawn Brant, a Mohawk protestor, ended up in jail for successfully blocking CN railway. He had planned to block major highways too, but the police managed to prevent that move.
All of that doesn't seem to have discouraged Fontaine.
Because of the peaceful protests he calls last year's day of action "very successful."
What's more, Fontaine says he is being forced to try this tact again for the simple reason that nothing has changed.
Fontaine says he's tried to build a relationship with the Conservative government, but to no avail and that the Assembly of First Nations is not being taken seriously.
Listening intently to all of this at today's news conference were representatives of the opposition parties: NDP Leader Jack Layton, NDP MP Jean Crowder and Liberal MP Tina Keeper. There was no sign of anyone from the Conservative government
As for how things might unfold this year: Fontaine is again promoting peaceful protests based on bringing awareness to Canadians and to the Conservative government.
But Fontaine admits, when it comes to this government, he's not holding his breath.
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