4/24/17 Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate in United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will join the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in New York, NY this week. He will be at UN headquarters Monday April 24 and Tuesday April 25 to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and will speak about the steps needed to advance its implementation. 

4/21/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks Earth Day With a Message to the Planet: Time to Work Together to Heal Mother Earth

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued the following statement in advance of Earth Day, which will be celebrated April 22

4/7/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Honour First Nations Veterans and all Veterans of Canada at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be part of the official Canadian delegation that will travel to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 2017. First Nations veterans, Elders and Knowledge Keepers are also traveling to France to participate in the commemoration and other ceremonies. 

4/7/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says New Bank Note Honoring Senator James Gladstone Highlights First Nations Contributions as Nation Builders

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today attended the unveiling of a new Bank of Canada $10 commemorative note that recognizes Senator James Gladstone, the first status Indian to be appointed to the Senate of Canada in January 1958.

04/07/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Health Day by Celebrating the Strength and Resilience of First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said that World Health Day, marked on April 7 with this year’s theme being “Depression”, is an opportunity to use this day to focus on life promotion and First Nations strengths and resilience. The time has come to end the stigma around mental health and focus on mental wellness.

03/31/17 AFN Releases Survey on National Aboriginal Languages Day Showing Majority of Canadians Support Efforts to Preserve, Protect and Revitalize Indigenous Languages

On March 31, National Aboriginal Languages Day, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde released results of a national survey showing that the majority of Canadians support legislation to preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages in Canada.

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. 

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