Opening remarks by National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the 2015 Special Chiefs Assembly
December 8th, 2015 - Hilton Lac LeamyGatineau Québec
The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on work underway at the national office.
Last week the country’s attention was on Truth and Reconciliation. We heard the stories of survivors of Indian Residential Schools. We listened as former students bravely shared the experiences that shaped this country. These are the experiences that must never be forgotten, must never be repeated, and must transform the way we relate to one another.
6/2/15 Response of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to the Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Motivated by courage, the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools sought justice and recognition from Canada through court cases that set us on a course toward truth and reconciliation. To the former students – the survivors – I honour you and I thank you. I am humbled to be before you. On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, one of the parties to the Settlement Agreement, we thank the Commissioners for your strength, courage and heartfelt approach to the important work of truth and reconciliation.