23/08/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Federal Government’s Commitment to First Nations Welcome, Must Lead to Change

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his commitment to Indigenous peoples yesterday during a post-Cabinet retreat press conference, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed the assurance and said it must be supported with immediate steps to create positive change. 

23/08/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Stands with Ontario Sixties Scoop Survivors

After seven years of delays, the long-awaited Ontario Sixties Scoop class action is set to commence today in Toronto. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde has expressed his solidarity for survivors of the Ontario Sixties Scoop experience, which saw more than 16,000 innocent Indigenous children forcibly removed from their homes and communities and placed in many cases with non-Indigenous families.

12/08/16 Assembly of First Nations Honours Sayisi Dene as Federal Government Apologizes for Devastating Forced Relocations

Sixty years after a devastating forced relocation by the federal government, the Sayisi Dene in northern Manitoba today received a formal apology and compensation for the incident.  The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today honours the Sayisi Dene for their strength, resilience and determination in achieving this first formal acknowledgement from the federal government.

16/08/12 Assembly of First Nations Condemns Racist Comments in Wake of Fatal Shooting of First Nations Youth in Saskatchewan

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief Bobby Cameron today expressed serious concerns about statements being made online related to the tragic, fatal shooting of Colten Boushie from Red Pheasant First Nation.

16/8/3 Assembly of First Nations Stands with Families as Federal Government Announces Long-Awaited National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

After decades of hard fought activism by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), grassroots activists and domestic and international advocacy groups, the Government of Canada today announced that it is initiating a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

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. 

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