12/1/17 Assembly of First Nations National Chief on the Passing of Arthur Manuel: “A Strong Voice for Our Peoples and Rights”
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde offered condolences and prayers to the friends and family of Arthur Manuel, a past Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band in British Columbia and a leading activist and advocate for Indigenous rights, who passed away on January 11, 2017.
10/1/17 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes New Federal Cabinet, Says First Nations Priorities Require Government-wide Commitment
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today’s federal cabinet shuffle is an opportunity to remind all cabinet ministers that First Nations priorities require action by all ministers and departments in partnership with First Nations leadership.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today welcomed the announcement from Québec Premier Philippe Couillard that an inquiry into the treatment of Indigenous peoples will soon be underway. Reports indicate the inquiry, titled Listening, Reconciliation and Progress, will hold hearings on the treatment of Indigenous peoples across a number of institutions, and will conclude in November 2018.
As ministers of Health and Finance continue to try to reach an agreement on federal health-transfer arrangements and the Health Accord, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is calling on all governments to work with First Nations to close the gap in the quality of life and forge a path to improved health and wellness.
12/15/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Engage with First Nations and Federal Government to Give Life to TRC Calls to Action and Advance Reconciliation
On the anniversary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde met today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal cabinet ministers to establish an approach for First Nations and the federal government to work together to advance reconciliation and implement the TRC’s Calls to Action that fall under federal responsibility, including implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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.
The Assembly of First Nations today honoured Canadian artist and musician Gord Downie for his work on Reconciliation by presenting him with a star blanket and acknowledgment of the naming ceremony that he recently participated in. He was presented with a specially-commissioned painting in front of the Chiefs-in-Assembly, the Prime Minister of Canada, and members of the Downie family.
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.