22/3/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Second Serious Installment to Close the Gap, Must Lead to Real Change Faster

Budget 2017 makes important and positive investments to help close the socio-economic gap for First Nations, but these investments must lead to real change, faster, says Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde. Today's budget allocates $3.4 billion for Indigenous peoples priorities over five years.

22/3/17 On World Water Day, AFN National Chief Stands with Yukon First Nations at Supreme Court

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada to mark World Water Day and to support the Yukon First Nations who are in Ottawa to witness the hearing of their landmark case involving the Peel River watershed, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, et al. v. Government of Yukon. A traditional water ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court. 

15/3/17 AFN National Chief in Saskatchewan for Tour at Royal Saskatchewan Museum and National Circle of Ceremony and Healing for Our Spirits Day

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Treaty 4 chiefs and historian John S. Milloy will be making a visit to view the Chief Paskwa Pictograph at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum on March 16, 2017 at 9:40 a.m. 

03/13/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Congratulates Nova Scotia/Newfoundland Regional Chief Morley Googoo on Re-election

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today congratulated Nova Scotia /Newfoundland Regional Chief Morley Googoo on his re-election by Chiefs in the region on Friday, March 10 in Halifax.

9/3/17 AFN National Chief Statement on Comments by Conservative Senator Beyak on Residential Schools

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement today in response to remarks by Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak expressing her positive views of the Indian residential schools

8/3/17 AFN Marks International Women’s Day: “Be Bold for Change”

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is marking International Women’s Day on March 8 by honouring First Nations women and Indigenous women around the world for their continuing contributions to improving the lives of Indigenous peoples, and encouraging everyone to consider the ways they can raise awareness of the many issues affecting First Nation’s women and girls. 

1/3/17 AFN Invites All Canadians to Participate in a National Circle of Ceremony and Healing for Our Spirits on March 17, 2017

In response to the ongoing national suicide crisis facing First Nations people, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and the AFN National Executive, including the AFN Elders, Women’s and Youth Councils, are calling for a National Circle of Ceremony and Healing for Our Spirits to be held on Friday, March 17th

28/2/17 National Forum in Calgary to Discuss Innovation in First Nations Education

First Nation Directors of Education will gather this week at a National Forum convened by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on the traditional territory of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Calgary, Alberta. The Forum, being held March 1 & 2, will bring together First Nation Directors of Education from across the country along with experts and government representatives to examine issues and innovative new models that will close the gap in K-12 and post-secondary education for First Nations students.

23/2/17 AFN and Caring Society Mark 10th Anniversary of Human Rights Complaint on Discrimination Against First Nations Children

Today, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Caring Society), marked the 10th anniversary of the filing of their organizations’ joint complaint to the Canadian Human Rights Commission to end discrimination and properly fund First Nations child welfare services and fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

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