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First Nations must have full seat at health care table, CUPE says

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      Subject: First Nations must have full seat at health care table, CUPE says



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      Transmitted by Canada NewsWire on : August 31, 2004 14:49
      First Nations must have full seat at health care table, CUPE says

      OTTAWA, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - First Nations leaders must be invited to
      participate fully in the upcoming health care meetings in Ottawa, says Paul
      Moist, National President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
      First Nations leaders have been requesting to be admitted as full
      participants at the September 13-15 health care meetings between Prime
      Minister Paul Martin and the Provincial and Territorial leaders. Yesterday,
      Martin rejected that request, inviting the leaders instead to yet another
      Prime Ministerial photo-op.
      "Paul Martin promised First Nations people that the principle of
      collaboration would be the 'cornerstone' of their new partnership with the
      federal government," said Moist. "Martin has yet to live up to his promise."
      Martin promised First Nations people a "full seat at the table" in their
      future dealings at a major meeting between the federal government and First
      Nations leaders last April. September's health care meetings are seen as the
      first real test of that "new partnership."
      CUPE supports the full participation of First Nations leaders at the
      health care meetings and calls on Ottawa to come clean in its efforts to
      address the urgent health issues of aboriginal communities across the country.
      "Martin has a sorry track record for making grand promises at photo-ops
      to address issues of concern to First Nations people - and failing to come
      through," said Moist. "It is past time for the Prime Minister to walk the talk
      when it comes to honesty with First Nations in this country."



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      /For further information: Paul Moist, National President, CUPE, cell:
      (613) 558-2873; David Robbins, CUPE Communications, cell: (613) 878-1431/

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