June 22nd commemorated the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day, celebrating the vibrant tradition and culture of First Nation, Inuit and M├ętis peoples across the province. At the Labourers' International Union of North America's 2007 Canadian Conference in Lake Louise, LiUNA International Vice President and Regional Manager, Joseph Mancinelli together with former Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine, signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking a significant partnership between LiUNA and the AFN to assist and develop accessible initiatives for indigenous youth to learn new skills and trades, as well as address the numerous issues affecting indigenous communities. In 2015 LiUNA proudly announced its Indigenous Committee co-chaired by Joseph and Phil to further its initiatives and partnership with Aboriginal communities across Canada. Joseph Mancinelli commented, "As we celebrate National Aboriginal Day 2016, it is important to acknowledge and respect the cultural contributions of THE First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples throughout Canada whilst recognizing a history of many wrong-doings. As we move forward, we must continue to respectfully work together and erase the divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups and strive to achieve reconciliation and build a greater sense of community belonging." The Labourers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) calls on all Canadians to celebrate the vivid and valuable culture and tradition of Aboriginal Communities across Canada and work together to achieve reconciliation and develop a trusting relationship thereby building better communities and a better Canada, together. To learn more on this initiative please view the 2016 Interview conducted by Don Newman, former CBC Senior Parliamentary Editor, with guests and Co-Chairs of the LiUNA Indigenous Committee, LiUNA International Vice President Joseph Mancinelli and former Grand Chief Phil Fontaine