26/10/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Site C Dam Approval Contrary to Canada’s Own Laws Following Tour of Treaty 8 Territory
Following a tour of Treaty 8 territory and the areas that will be affected by the proposed Site C hydroelectric dam in northern British Columbia, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for alternatives to the project, saying plans to flood the Peace River Valley will lay waste to sacred burial grounds, traditional territories and agricultural land.
19/10/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Supports Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations in their Demand for Respectful Negotiation on Aboriginal Fishing Rights in Traditional Territories
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today called on Canada to act on the federal government’s commitment to rights recognition by changing its position in ongoing litigation with five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, stating it is time for Canada to fully support the right of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations to harvest and commercially sell fish in their traditional territories
19/10/16 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Responds to Nomination of Justice Malcolm Rowe to Supreme Court of Canada
Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde responded to the nomination of Justice Malcolm Rowe to the Supreme Court of Canada. National Chief Bellegarde has renewed the AFN’s ongoing call for the appointment of an Indigenous person to Canada’s top court.
17/10/16 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Welcomes Supreme Court of Canada Decision to Hear Williams Lake Indian Band Specific Claims Case
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said last Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada to hear the Williams Lake Indian Band appeal is an important step in the struggle for justice on land rights and rights recognition for all First Nations.
5/10/16 Assembly of First Nations Supports the Moose Hide Campaign: Calls on All Men and Boys to Help End Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls
On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today expressed support for the Moose Hide Campaign and the Moose Hide National Gathering taking place in downtown Ottawa, ON.
4/10/16 Assembly of First Nations Stands with Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls at 10th Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils
Representatives from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will take part in the 10th annual Sisters in Spirit vigils being held in various locations across the country today to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and their families.
4/10/16 AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Supports Ratification of Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Calls for First Nations Involvement in All Stages of Implementation
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde welcomed Canada’s commitment to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and emphasized the need for action to mitigate the effects of climate change and carbon pricing as it affects First Nations.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce the appointment of the new incoming Chief Executive Officer Judy White, who will assume her duties on November 1, 2016. Ms. White, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and member of the Flat Bay Band in Newfoundland, will replace Interim CEO Jon Thompson.
28/9/16 Investments in First Nations are Investments in Canada’s Future, AFN National Chief tells Finance Committee
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance today to present the AFN’s 2017 pre-budget submission. This submission addresses key areas that were not addressed or were under-funded in the 2016 budget. The AFN identifies priorities for the coming budget to show Canada’s continuing commitment to renew the relationship with First Nations and to close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians.