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 To: ‘letters@globeandmail.ca
Sent: Wed May 23 11:58:40 2007
Subject: Fontaine stresses right to protest

Phil Fontaine is to be commended for his strong and principled leadership on behalf of aboriginal citizens.

The right of the Assembly of First Nations to lead peaceful protests ought to be supported and defended by all Canadians, not condemned as it is being in some quarters. Our countries history is replete with examples of citizens exercising their rights to gather and protest to effect public opinion. 

Perhaps if more of us joined the aboriginal protest actions our government would finally begin the long overdue redress of the long outstanding issues that aboriginal Canadians need and deserves to have settled in a just fashion.

Paul Moist 
National President 
Canadian Union of Public Employees