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When Local 2348 president Roger Procyk heard that the Australian government had made a public apology for the mistreatment of aboriginal people last week, here’s what he had to say:

“Kudos to the prime minister of Australia [the Labour Party’s Kevin Rudd] and the Australian government for their very public apology yesterday [Feb. 13] to Aborigines for the ‘stolen generations’ of children from 1910 to the 1970s. It is a national shame that our own prime minister and government still has not seen fit to do as much.”

A health promotions and outreach worker at Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg, Roger is also a member of the CUPE Manitoba Aboriginal Council.