16/07/28 Assembly of First Nations Calls for Action to Support and Protect First Nations Territories from Husky Energy Oil Spill in North Saskatchewan River System

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart and Saskatchewan Regional Chief Bobby Cameron today expressed concerns about the Husky Energy oil spill in the North Saskatchewan River system impacting First Nations territories. The spill was discovered on July 20 and is estimated at 1,572 barrels of emulsion.

16/07/28 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Federal Decision to Remove Sex-Based Discrimination from Indian Act Welcome but Renews Call for First Nations to Establish Processes to Move Beyond Indian Act

In response to the Superior Court of Quebec decision in Descheneaux et al., v. Canada, the Government of Canada today announced its intent to eliminate discriminatory sex-based language in the Indian Act. Sex-based discrimination undermines the fundamental human rights of First Nations women and girls. To that end, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde says this move is long overdue but highlights the ongoing need for First Nations to exert jurisdiction, create our own laws and move beyond the Indian Act entirely.

16/7/27 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Responds to New Addition to Reserves Policy

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the Government of Canada’s new policy on Additions to Reserve (ATR) unveiled today must lead to a more streamlined, effective and transparent process as one avenue to enhancing the landbase for First Nations. 

16/7/22 Assembly of First Nations Remembers Mike Pinay: A Lifelong Champion for First Nations

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde has issued the following statement in learning of the untimely passing of Mike Pinay of Peepeekisis First Nation (Saskatchewan)

16/7/21 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Calls on Premiers to Work with First Nations to Achieve Change and Results

 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde met yesterday with premiers in Whitehorse, Yukon at the annual Council of the Federation meeting and called for commitments to action aimed at change and results for First Nations people, emphasizing the need for immediate movement on First Nations child welfare. 

16/7/14 Assembly of First Nations Youth Council Elects New Co-Chairs Jennifer O’Bomsawin and Andre Bear at AFN’s 2016 Youth Summit in Niagara Falls, ON

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce that the AFN Youth Council, the national group representing First Nations youth from each of the AFN’s 10 regions across Canada, has elected two dynamic new Co-Chairs to advocate on behalf of the unique rights and priorities of First Nations youth in Canada. 

16/7/14 Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council Elects Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish as Chair, Set Priorities for First Nations Women and Girls

The Assembly of First Nations is pleased to announce that Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish of Delaware Nation (Turtle Clan) has been elected as the new Chair of the AFN Women’s Council.

16/7/13 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sign Protocol to Strengthen Relationship and Cultural Awareness

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson today signed an agreement to promote relationship building and reconciliation between First Nations and the RCMP during today’s opening of Assembly of First Nations’ 37th Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Niagara Falls, ON. The Relationship Building Protocol includes joint commitments to develop systems to effectively address discrimination and racism in the RCMP, enhance respect for the fundamental rights of First Nations people, and to ensure public safety without discrimination.

16/7/12 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Opens AFN Annual General Assembly with Historic Agreement on New Fiscal Relationship Between First Nations and Canada

First Nations Chiefs, Elders and citizens from across the country gathered today to open the Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) 37th Annual General Assembly in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  The Assembly was marked by the signing of a historic memorandum of understanding which launches work to develop a new fiscal relationship between First Nations and Canada. The MOU was signed by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to lay the groundwork for a new era of stable, sustainable and predictable funding for First Nations towards closing the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians. 

16/7/10 First Nations Youth Summit on Wellness - Youth Leading and Empowering Youth

The inaugural Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National First Nation Youth Summit on Wellness gathered today under the theme of the Thunderbird, a symbol that represents healing and renewal. First Nations youth from many territories identified their priorities for mental wellness, life promotion, the social determinants of health, breaking barriers and sparking life changing solutions. 

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