National Chief Perry Bellegarde Statement on COVID-19

As we navigate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I commend all First Nations, health professionals and frontline workers for their dedication to keeping our people safe. I look forward to continued collaborative efforts and action by federal and provincial governments to ensure First Nations are equipped to respond to the unique health needs of their people and communities, including access to vaccines and sustained investments to help close the gaps that we fear will widen as a result of the pandemic. These have been difficult times and we must remember to give thanks to the Creator and for positive and meaningful partnerships focused on safety for our peoples.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde

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Listen to insights from First Nations women, youth, Elders and Knowledge Keepers as they reflect on the past year and share hope for the future during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ahkameyimok Podcast series with National Chief Perry Bellegarde

July 7, 2021

What Brings You Hope?

July 1, 2021


June 16, 2021

Ron Ignace: First Indigenous Languages Commissioner

June 10, 2021

John Milloy: Residential Schools – A National Crime

June 3, 2021

Marie Wilson: The Mass Grave at Kamloops Residential School

May 28, 2021

**Encore: Chief Willie Littlechild on Bill C-15 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People

May 20, 2021

Conner Roulette: First Nations Hockey Gold Medal Winner

May 13, 2021

Chief Terry Paul – The Fight for Atlantic First Nations Fisheries

May 05, 2021

Tabatha Bull – CEO: Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

April 29, 2021

Sheryl Lightfoot – Representing First Nations at the United Nations

April 22, 2021

Hon Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Infrastructure

April 15, 2021

Louise Bernice Halfe – Sky Dancer: Canada’s First Indigenous Parliamentary Poet Laureate.

April 8, 2021

Environmental, Social, Governance Investment Standards and First Nations with Mark Podlasly

April 1, 2021

COVID-19 and Vaccine Update with Dr Evan Adams

March 25, 2021

Acakosuk – A First Nations Reading of the Night Sky with Wilfred Buck

March 18, 2021

Murray Rankin – BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

March 11, 2021

Jagmeet Singh – Federal NDP Leader

March 3, 2021

Jagmeet Singh – Federal NDP Leader

February 24, 2021

Romeo Saganash – Indigenous Rights are Human Rights. Bill C-15

February 16, 2021

Autumn Peltier – The Water Walke‪r‬

February 10, 2021

Andrew Ference: How the NHL Plans to Bring Hockey to First Nations

February 4, 2021

Chief Willie Littlechild: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and Bill C-15

January 28, 2021

First Nations and Mental Health w/ Dr. Carol Hopkins

January 25, 2021

Racism in BC Healthcare w/ Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

January 21, 2021

Reviving and Revitalizing Indigenous Languages w/ Dr. Lorna Williams

January 13, 2021

Sheldon Kennedy – Protecting our Children from Abuse

January 07, 2021

COVID Vaccines with Dr Evan Adams

December 21, 2020

Tom Jackson and the Huron Carole

December 16, 2020

First Nations Child Welfare with Kenn Richard

December 08, 2020

Gospel First Nation with William Prince

November 26, 2020

Transformative Justice with Sen. Kim Pate

November 20, 2020

Water Crisis with Chief Chris Moonias – Neskantaga First Nation

November 10, 2020

Remembrance Day with General Joe Paul

November 05, 2020

Bias Behind Bars: A Prison System Stacked Against First Nations Inmates

October 28, 2020

Guardians of Nature, with Wade Davis

October 22, 2020

Chief Mike Sack – Attacks on the Mi’kmaq Lobster Fishery

October 16, 2020

New Green Party Leader – Annamie Paul

October 1, 2020

Policing, Health and Orange Shirt Day w Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler

September 24, 2020

Why First Nations Traditions, Language and Knowledge Matter More Than Ever – Dr Dan Longboat

September 18, 2020

Brad Regehr – The First Indigenous President of the Canadian Bar Association

September 10, 2020

Residential Schools: Consigned to History — with Chief Dennis Meeches

September 03, 2020

COVID-19 and Back to School with Marion Crowe

August 28, 2020

Saving the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge – with Gwich’in Grand Chief Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan

August 19, 2020

Erin O’Toole – Federal Conservative Leadership Candidate

August 07, 2020

Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney

July 23, 2020

Dr. Dan Longboat – The Importance of First Nations Traditions, Language and Knowledge Now

July 10, 2020

Kevin Loring – Artistic Director – Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre

July 2, 2020

Reggie Leach – The Riverton Rifle

June 25, 2020

Navajo Nation: America’s Worst COVID Outbreak

June 19, 2020

Rodney Levi: Shot Dead by the RCMP

June 12, 2020

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki – Policing, Racism and First Nations

June 05, 2020

Dr Kerry Black: The Big Reset and First Nations.

May 29, 2020

DR EVAN ADAMS: First Nations COVID successes and preparing for the second wave.

May 14, 2020

COVID HOTSPOT:  la loche, saskatchewan

May 8, 2020

COVID-19 and First Nations Youth

May 4, 2020

Marc Miller – Federal Minister of Indigenous Services

April 24, 2020

Urban First Nations
and COVID-19

April 16, 2020

Ahead of the COVID Curve in the Pasqua First Nation

April 9, 2020

COVID-19 and the First Nations Response

Regional Contact Information for First Nations

Marlene Poitras

Terry Teegee

RoseAnne Archibald

Ghislain Picard

Bobby Cameron

Kluane Adamek

AFN Regional Offices

Dr. Evan Adams
British Columbia

Dr.Ibrahim Khan

Dr. Nnamdi Dubuka
Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority

Richard Budgell
Quebec – No RMO

Marie-Noelle Caron
Public Health Physician working out of the FNQLHSSC.

Dr. Eilish Cleary

FNIHB Regional Medical Officers

Dr. Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia
Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Brendan E. Hanley
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Yukon
Vice-Chair, Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald
I/Chief Medical Officer of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Heather Morrison
Chief Public Health Officer, Prince Edward Island

Dr. Robert Strang
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nova Scotia

Dr. Jennifer Russell
Chief Medical Officer of Health, New Brunswick

Dr. Horacio Arruda
Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Social Services, Québec

Dr. David Williams
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

Dr. Brent Roussin
Chief Public Health Officer, Manitoba

Dr. Saqib Shahab
Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan

Dr. Deena Hinshaw
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta

Dr. Michael Patterson
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Nunavut

Dr. Kami Kandola
Chief Public Health Officer, Northwest Territories

Dr. Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority, British Columbia

Dr. Tom Wong
Chief Medical Officer, Public Health, Indigenous Services Canada

Dr. Valerie Gideon
Senior Assistant Deputy Minister,
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada

Keith Conn
Assistant Deputy Minister,
First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada

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