December 11, 2014. Treaty One Territory.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs congratulates Perry Bellegarde for becoming the new National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. National Chief Perry Bellagarde was elected for a 3 year term till 2017.
“With today’s uncertainty of unilateral legislation and policy aimed to keep our First Nations in poverty, we need a strong voice to support our people who face these devastating effects. Manitoba Chiefs put their support in the National Chief to effectively find concrete solutions that help eliminate violence against our women and girls, to keep the family tie together, and to improve the infrastructure for on-reserve residents to ensure their well-being,” stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak.In
In the first ballot of voting the Chiefs across Turtle Island elected Perry Bellegarde to represent them at a national level to tackle the issues and concerns of First Nations. The Assembly of First Nations is a political organization that advocates for the rights of First Nations nationally.
“The role of the National Chief is going to be challenging as each First Nation community are unique and calls for a different process, instead of the one approach that fits all. Each First Nation region has their own governance structure that the federal government needs to respect to ensure their rights are being properly met” concluded Grand Chief Nepinak.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs are optimistic on the direction National Chief Perry Bellegarde is going to be taking the Assembly of First Nations and are excited to see the outcomes in the near future.