30/8/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls for Immediate Investments to Secure Safe Water Systems in First Nations Communities

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today said that a detailed investigative report by the Globe & Mail outlining the troubling state of fresh water systems in First Nations communities across Canada points to the urgent need for all levels of government to take immediate action to dramatically improve First Nations access to clean drinking water.

26/8/16 Assembly of First Nations Ontario Regional Chief Day Supports Ethical First Nations-Driven Health Research

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, who oversees the AFN’s national health portfolio, attended the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Governing Council Retreat this week. Chief Day set out First Nations expectations for specific research projects as well as the governance and administration of research funding agencies ensuring they are responsive to First Nations priorities.

23/08/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Federal Government’s Commitment to First Nations Welcome, Must Lead to Change

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his commitment to Indigenous peoples yesterday during a post-Cabinet retreat press conference, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the assurance and said it must be supported with immediate steps to create positive change. 

23/08/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Stands with Ontario Sixties Scoop Survivors

After seven years of delays, the long-awaited Ontario Sixties Scoop class action is set to commence today in Toronto. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde has expressed his solidarity for survivors of the Ontario Sixties Scoop experience, which saw more than 16,000 innocent Indigenous children forcibly removed from their homes and communities and placed in many cases with non-Indigenous families.

12/08/16 Assembly of First Nations Honours Sayisi Dene as Federal Government Apologizes for Devastating Forced Relocations

Sixty years after a devastating forced relocation by the federal government, the Sayisi Dene in northern Manitoba today received a formal apology and compensation for the incident.  The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today honours the Sayisi Dene for their strength, resilience and determination in achieving this first formal acknowledgement from the federal government.

16/08/12 Assembly of First Nations Condemns Racist Comments in Wake of Fatal Shooting of First Nations Youth in Saskatchewan

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief Bobby Cameron today expressed serious concerns about statements being made online related to the tragic, fatal shooting of Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation.

16/8/3 Assembly of First Nations Stands with Families as Federal Government Announces Long-Awaited National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

After decades of hard fought activism by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), grassroots activists and domestic and international advocacy groups, the Government of Canada today announced that it is initiating a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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