January 31, 2019
(Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will attend the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Launch Event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages at the UN New York Headquarters on February 1, 2019. National Chief Bellegarde will deliver a strong statement on the need for action to revitalize Indigenous languages in Canada and the work the AFN is doing to achieve this urgent goal.
DATE: February 1, 2019
TIME: Media availability 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST
LOCATION: New York, United Nations Headquarters
The National Chief will participate in the ceremonies and general plenary, and will address a forum at the UN organized by Ecuador, Estonia and FILAC (Fondo para el desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y el Caribe). His remarks will be publicly available upon delivery.
The President of the UN General Assembly is convening this High-Level meeting of the General Assembly to launch the International Year of Indigenous Languages. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), in its capacity as the leading UN agency for the International Year, organized the official Global Launch at its headquarters in Paris, France, on January 28.
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For more information please contact:
Michael Hutchinson, Press Secretary, 613-859-6831, [email protected]
Jenna Young Castro, Sr Communications Advisor, 613-314-8157, [email protected]
Monica Poirier, Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-292-0857, [email protected]