December 11, 2014
(Treaty 1 Territory/Winnipeg, MB) – December 9-11, 2014, First Nations leadership from across Canada met in Winnipeg, MB, for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)Special Chiefs’ Assembly. The election for National Chief was held on December 10, thesecond day of the Assembly. The political leadership of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs,First Nations Summit and the BC Assembly of First Nations, collectively the First NationsLeadership Council, wish to congratulate newly elected AFN National Chief, PerryBellegarde. National Chief Bellegarde, formerly Regional Chief with the Federation ofSaskatchewan Indian Nations, is from Little Black Bear First Nation. He received 63% ofthe vote and was declared AFN National Chief on the first ballot.
The First Nations Leadership Council expresses their appreciation to the othercandidates for National Chief, Ghislain Picard (Regional Chief, Quebec and Labrador)and Leon Jourdain (former Grand Chief, Treaty 3) for their courage and commitment torunning in the election for National Chief and for the contributions both leaders havealready made to improvements in the lives of First Nations peoples in their owncommunities and regions and indeed across Canada.
The First Nations Leadership Council has a history of working in partnership with theAFN National Chief and AFN National Executive and looks forward to futureopportunities to do so.