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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on 5th Annual Orange Shirt Day: ‘Let’s Give Our Children Hope and Opportunity’

on September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 

(Ottawa, ON) – To mark Orange Shirt Day on September 30, in honour of former students of the Indian residential schools, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is asking all Canadians to learn more about this history, support meaningful change and affirm that ‘every child matters.’

“I’m proud to support Orange Shirt Day and raise awareness about that tragic time in Canada’s history when children were taken from their families and forced into residential schools,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “We remember the lasting harm they suffered, and commit to meaningful change to achieve reconciliation. Every child deserves to be with their families in a safe and loving environment. Let’s make that our goal, because every child matters.”

On the 5th Annual Orange Shirt Day, the AFN encourages everyone to learn more about this part of Canada’s history and to support measures that will change the situation for First Nations today.

“The residential schools may be gone but their legacy remains. There are too many children in the child welfare system. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled that thousands of First Nations kids are in a child welfare system that gets significantly less funding than their provincial counterparts,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “We need to support First Nations child welfare agencies and ensure Canada complies with the CHRT ruling to provide fair and equitable funding for First Nations children. With commitment and action, we can give our children hope and opportunity and a chance to succeed. That is good for all of Canada.”

Orange Shirt Day is marked every year on September 30, which evolved from the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion events in Williams Lake, BC, in 2013. Phyllis Webstad shared a story from her time at residential school when her new orange shirt, a gift from her grandmother, was taken from her and it seemed no one cared. The orange shirt is now emblematic of the harm experienced by children in residential schools. The date is significant because it is this time of year when many children were taken from their homes to residential schools. September 30 is a day for remembrance, reflection, and reconciliation.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 116
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-292-0857 (cell)
agaron@afn.ca

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomes Dr. Paulette Tremblay as the new CEO of the AFN

on September 28, 2017

September 28, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is pleased to announce that Dr. Paulette Tremblay has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AFN.

“I extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Paulette Tremblay on behalf of the entire AFN Executive, we congratulate her and welcome her in this position,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “Her extensive experience working with First Nations, knowledge of the AFN and creative management style will help AFN strive to much greater heights and achievements under her leadership, wisdom and guidance.”

Dr. Tremblay is a member of the Turtle Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Her traditional name is Wapanitowiskwew. She has been the Acting CEO at AFN for several months and has served in the past as the Director of Education for the Secretariat. Dr. Tremblay has held positions as a senior executive officer within the National Aboriginal Health Organization and the Six Nation Band Administration. She also worked with the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association Canada where she over saw the certification for the Finance and Administration programs, and is currently an Associate Professor for the Six Nation Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Tremblay was honoured to receive an Indspire Award for Education in 2015.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 222
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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Roy WhiteduckAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomes Dr. Paulette Tremblay as the new CEO of the AFN

Presenters

on September 25, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Call for Presentations

The Assembly of First Nations will host the 2017 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show on October 30th to November 1st, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec. The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.  The Forum will be an opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, and a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Input and recommendations will be sought from participants to ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

Topics of discussion will include:

• The development of a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure strategy;

• The development of a Strategic Plan with short, medium and long-term objectives and outcomes;

• How to move forward with First Nations driven options for Housing and Infrastructure Authorities;

• Determining your future vision on the transformative change to housing and infrastructure programs and services; and

• Best practices that support housing and infrastructure programs.

Forum Attendees will include: Chiefs or their representative, Housing Managers, Public Works Managers, and individuals who are working in the field of Housing and Infrastructure Management; First Nation organizations or technicians interested in improving the management and delivery of housing and infrastructure; consultants, government officials and non-government entities involved in First Nations housing and infrastructure.

The submission format is as follows:

• A description of your presentation (max length: 200 words) should include how it relates to the Forum theme and related topics of interest;

• The presenter’s biography (max length: 100 words) must be included; and,

Please submit your submission by email to tcote2@afn.ca in word format, identifying “2017 Housing and Infrastructure Forum Presentation – Submission” in the subject line.  Please note that submissions may be edited for length for Forum documentation.

Submission Deadline: October 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Individuals with successful submissions will be notified on or before October 20th, 2017.  Please note that, due to the limited budget for this important event, presenters will be responsible for their own travel costs; however, under exceptional circumstances some travel subsidy could be considered on an individual basis upon request in writing.

If you have any questions about the Call for Presentations, please contact tcote2@afn.ca

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Trade Show

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Trade Show

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.  It will be an opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Participant input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

The tradeshow is an excellent opportunity to showcase your Housing and Infrastructure products and interact with  First Nation leadership, band administrators, public works and housing managers, technicians, organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

The Tradeshow also invites you to highlight trending approaches to Micro or “Tiny” homes. This is an area that is of emerging interest with First Nations.

Please note that there are a limited number of Trade Show booths available for the Forum and the registration fee for a Trade Show booth is $1,379.70.

Registration for the Tradeshow is now open.  Please contact Mike Cote at mcote@afn.ca or by telephone at 613.241.6789 extension 230 to obtain more information.

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Accommodations

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Accommodations

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W.

The rate is $219/night plus applicable taxes.

Hotel Reservations: Call 1-800-441-1414 quoting Block Code: AFN1017 or online at the following hotel link:
Assembly of First Nations – Housing Conference

DEADLINE: Room rate available only until Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Sponsors

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2017 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show, please indicate your interest by email to 2017housinginfrastructureforum@afn.ca

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Registration

on September 21, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Registration

AVOID THE REGISTRATION LINE UP!

Register and check in for the Forum at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, by Sunday, October 29, 2017, between 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM and be eligible for a great prize.

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274 with any questions regarding registration.

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National Housing and Infrastructure Forum

on September 21, 2017

“Moving Towards First Nations Care and Control of Housing and Infrastructure”

Live Webcast

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.

The Forum will be your opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Your input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

Conference Information

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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, Québec

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: tcote@afn.ca

Tradeshow Inquiries
Mike Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 230
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: mcote@afn.ca

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Senator Lynn Beyak To Be Removed From Conservative Caucus Following Latest Remarks

on September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement today in response to Senator Lynn Beyak’s recent comments:

“In this era of reconciliation there is no place for the kind of outdated and uninformed thinking expressed by Senator Lynn Beyak,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “Many have reached out to educate her and help her understand our shared history yet she refuses to acknowledge reality. Her comments are hurtful and disgraceful. She should resign, and if she won’t resign she should be expelled from caucus by the Conservative Leader to demonstrate his party’s commitment to truth and reconciliation. There is no room for this kind of thinking in today’s Canada.”

In March of this year, following grossly misinformed comments about the Indian Residential Schools tragedy, National Chief Bellegarde sent a personal letter to Senator Beyak strongly opposing her remarks and providing her a copy of the book A National Crime by noted historian John S. Milloy, which provides a full picture of the history and reality of the residential school system. There was no acknowledgement from Senator Beyak.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 116
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

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Roy WhiteduckAssembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Senator Lynn Beyak To Be Removed From Conservative Caucus Following Latest Remarks

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Sets Out Priorities as Parliament Resumes: ‘We Want Action and Progress’

on September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – As the 42nd session of Parliament begins, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde said there needs to be focus from all parties on concrete, practical steps towards building a nation-to-nation relationship between First Nations and Canada.

“It’s time for Canada’s commitments to be translated into action. First Nations have a vision of a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Canada,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “Our agenda is based on realizing this vision by taking practical steps that will build a stronger country for all of us. We must fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including legislation to support its implementation. We want action and progress on our joint process to review all federal laws and policies to ensure they’re consistent with First Nations rights. We expect continued momentum on our work to co-develop an Indigenous Languages Act to save and strengthen our languages. I continue my call for efforts to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canada through continued and more effective investments.”

As steps are taken on longer-term work, National Chief Bellegarde called for immediate action to end discrimination in areas where Canada’s own courts are demanding action.

“We must end the discrimination in the First Nations child welfare system and call on Canada to immediately and fully implement the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal orders,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “Our children cannot wait. Parliament already voted unanimously to inject $155 million into the system, and to honour Jordan’s Principle. That has to happen now. We are also concerned that gender discrimination in the Indian Act has to end as ordered by the court in the Descheneaux decision. First Nations are calling on Canada to repeal the problematic areas of the Indian Act in favour of First Nations’ authority over First Nations’ citizenship. No one should have to wait for justice.”

The National Chief and AFN will be engaging with Parliamentarians from all parties throughout the session and beyond to ensure these priorities are understood and supported.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

 

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For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 116
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-292-0857 (cell)
agaron@afn.ca

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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