The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce the appointment of the new incoming Chief Executive Officer Judy White, who will assume her duties on November 1, 2016. Ms. White, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and member of the Flat Bay Band in Newfoundland, will replace Interim CEO Jon Thompson.
28/9/16 Investments in First Nations are Investments in Canada’s Future, AFN National Chief tells Finance Committee
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance today to present the AFN’s 2017 pre-budget submission. This submission addresses key areas that were not addressed or were under-funded in the 2016 budget. The AFN identifies priorities for the coming budget to show Canada’s continuing commitment to renew the relationship with First Nations and to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians.
15/9/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Human Rights Tribunal Decision a Call to Action for Government to Support and Protect First Nations Children
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today’s decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) on First Nations child welfare is yet another harsh reminder to the Government of Canada to act quickly in the best interests of First Nations children. The ruling requires Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to provide clear information about how it is implementing the Tribunal’s decision of last January 2016 which found that First Nations children and families living on reserve and in the Yukon were discriminated against in the provision of child and family services by INAC.
On the ninth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration by the United Nations General Assembly, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today called on Canada to implement the UN Declaration in “full partnership” with First Nations and all Indigenous peoples. The UN Declaration provides a framework for reconciliation and the implementation of inherent and Treaty rights, title and jurisdiction.
12/9/16 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Celebrates First Nations University of Canada’s 40th Anniversary, Delivers Lecture on Education and Reconciliation
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is attending the First Nations University of Canada’s (FNUniv) 40th Anniversary Celebrations today in Regina, Saskatchewan. National Chief Bellegarde will deliver a lecture on his vision of reconciliation and the place of First Nations knowledge traditions in higher education.
12/9/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Supports Treaty 8 First Nations Justice for the Peace Caravan in Opposing the Site C Dam
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) restated its full support for Treaty 8 First Nations who oppose the Site C dam project in northern British Columbia, as the Federal Court of Appeal hears their case today in Montreal. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed his support for the Prophet River and West Moberly First Nations in their legal battle to overturn federal approvals of the controversial hydroelectric project.
9/9/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Stands with First Nations Youth on World Suicide Prevention Day
In advance of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde reaffirmed the AFN’s commitment to advocacy and action to ensure that the root causes of suicide are addressed in ways that promote mental wellness and success.
8/9/2016 Assembly of First Nations Engages Urban First Nations; Convenes at First in Series of Urban Outreach Forums
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is holding its first Urban Outreach Forum today in Edmonton, Alberta, which will serve to shed light on the unique challenges and experiences faced by urban First Nations citizens. Today's Forum is the first in a series of gatherings held as part of the AFN's broader urban strategy to advance the rights and priorities of First Nations living in urban settings.