9/12/16 Assembly of First Nations Stands with First Nations Children in Supporting Presentation to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to Seek Relief in Complaint Against Canada

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is today expressing steadfast support for First Nations children as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (the Society) is set to appear before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to call for action on the decision by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to end discrimination in its provision of First Nations child and family services on reserve.

7/12/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Secures Commitments to Revitalize First Nations Languages and Respect First Nations Laws

ssembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde opened the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) yesterday and spoke to the need for Canada to keep its promise of a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau addressed Chiefs and leaders that afternoon, and agreed to move on key commitments as called for by the National Chief to work in partnership with First Nations to revitalize Indigenous languages and create an Indigenous Languages Act, and to “de-colonialize” federal laws and policies through a full collaborative review with First Nations.

1/12/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says First Nations Rights Must Be Respected by Federal Government in Pipeline Development

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today said First Nations governments and First Nations rights must be respected and upheld in any decisions and activities related to resource development, including the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines approved Tuesday with conditions by the federal government. 

29/11/16 Assembly of First Nations Responds to Auditor General’s Report on Canada’s Specific Claims Process

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today welcomed the Auditor General of Canada’s fall report on the federal Justice at Last policy aimed at resolving specific land claims, which found Canada did not adequately manage the process of First Nations land, legal and compensation claims. The report called out the need for a better approach to resolving claims, one designed and driven with direct First Nations engagement. 

25/11/16 Assembly of First Nations Says Government’s Review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act Opportunity for Reform of Claims Process

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) acknowledged the Government of Canada’s five year review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act tabled today in Parliament by the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. The AFN says the outcomes of this review marks a moment to reform the way that Canada deals with specific claims.

22/11/16 AFN National Chief Bellegarde Honours November as Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is observing Indigenous Disability Awareness Month for the first time this November 2016, in recognition of the achievements and contributions of First Nations peoples living with disabilities. The AFN is marking the month by renewing the longstanding call to improve the quality of life of those living with disabilities.

25/11/16 AFN Marks International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today recognizes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as designated by the United Nations in 1999. AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde, together with the Chair of the AFN Women’s Council Denise Stonefish and AFN Regional Chief for British Columbia Shane Gottfriedson are urging men and women from all walks of life to unite in the global effort to end violence against Indigenous women and girls in all its forms. 

23/11/16 National Chief Bellegarde Presses Federal Government to Comply with Human Rights Tribunal Order: “Our Children Cannot Wait”

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde has filed a motion with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) to once again push Canada to take action to address the Tribunal’s January 2016 ruling that Canada is discriminating against First Nations children in its provision of First Nations child and family services. The motion calls for the Tribunal to issue another compliance order to the government and sets the stage for further orders and other actions should the government continue to ignore the Tribunal’s ruling.

22/11/16 AFN Responds to Federal Housing Report and Lets Talk Housing Consultations

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) responded to the Government of Canada’s housing report released today, entitled What We Heard: Shaping Canada’s National Housing Strategy. The AFN says the report has a number of serious shortcomings that stem from the lack of adequate engagement with First Nations, including the AFN.

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