5/23/17 National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Clear Communication with Family Members is Essential in Ensuring the Success of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde supports the many families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls who have expressed their growing frustration with the National Inquiry. 

5/5/17 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Action and Public Education on National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day

On National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for increased access to culturally safe and culturally grounded approaches to diabetes prevention for First Nations. 

5/4/17 Assembly of First Nations Supports Mother Earth Water Walkers in Their Journey Around the Great Lakes

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day issued the following statements today in support of Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and all those taking part in the 2017 Mother Earth Water Walk

4/25/17 Assembly of First Nations National Chief on Canada’s Formal Removal of All Objections to UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, NY this week and issued the following statement on Canada’s formal removal of all objections to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – Opportunities in Canada

To commemorate the 10th anniversary, Indigenous leaders will discuss the status of implementation of the UN Declaration in Canada from Indigenous peoples’ exercise of the right to self-determination to opportunities to co-develop a legislative framework for implementation of the UN Declaration, as well as legislation to support the recognition and revitalization of Indigenous languages. 

4/24/17 Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate in United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will join the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, NY this week. He will be at UN headquarters Monday April 24 and Tuesday April 25 to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and will speak about the steps needed to advance its implementation. 

4/21/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks Earth Day With a Message to the Planet: Time to Work Together to Heal Mother Earth

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement in advance of Earth Day, which will be celebrated April 22

4/7/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Honour First Nations Veterans and all Veterans of Canada at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be part of the official Canadian delegation that will travel to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 2017. First Nations veterans, Elders and Knowledge Keepers are also traveling to France to participate in the commemoration and other ceremonies. 

4/7/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says New Bank Note Honoring Senator James Gladstone Highlights First Nations Contributions as Nation Builders

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today attended the unveiling of a new Bank of Canada $10 commemorative note that recognizes Senator James Gladstone, the first status Indian to be appointed to the Senate of Canada in January 1958.

04/07/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Health Day by Celebrating the Strength and Resilience of First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said that World Health Day, marked on April 7 with this year’s theme being “Depression”, is an opportunity to use this day to focus on life promotion and First Nations strengths and resilience. The time has come to end the stigma around mental health and focus on mental wellness.

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