The Pipe Carrier for the Fort Folly First Nation, Jean Nye, presided at a sweet grass ceremony as part as the opening ceremony.
‘We are honoured by the presence, here today, of the Fort Folly First Nation representative:, said Claude Généreux, CUPE national secretary-treasurer.
‘Today across the country CUPE members are supporting the Assembly of First Nations National Day of Action in response to the crisis their communities face’, said Généreux.
‘This gathering is more than a ribbon cutting ceremony. It’s an occasion to renew our friendship with our brothers and sisters from the First Nations and to say that CUPE members will continue to support our sisters and brothers who live in communities and who need essential public services such as water, education and housing’, added Généreux.
The president of CUPE NB, Daniel Légère took a few minutes to praise CUPE members for their commitment to public services. ‘Every day our members are on the front line working for the well being of New Brunswickers. They are everywhere, in the hospitals, nursing homes, schools, universities, and municipalities. This new building is important for CUPE members and staff – it gives them a place where they can meet and work together,’ concluded Légère.
CUPE represents more than 20 000 members in New Brunswick.