Last week the country’s attention was on Truth and Reconciliation. We heard the stories of survivors of Indian Residential Schools. We listened as former students bravely shared the experiences that shaped this country. These are the experiences that must never be forgotten, must never be repeated, and must transform the way we relate to one another.
6/2/15 Response of Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to the Findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Motivated by courage, the survivors of the Indian Residential Schools sought justice and recognition from Canada through court cases that set us on a course toward truth and reconciliation. To the former students – the survivors – I honour you and I thank you. I am humbled to be before you. On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, one of the parties to the Settlement Agreement, we thank the Commissioners for your strength, courage and heartfelt approach to the important work of truth and reconciliation.
The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on work underway at the national office.
04/29/15 Canada 2020 - First Nations, Fiscal Equity & Resource Sovereignties: The Path to Closing the Development Gap
We are a couple of years away from Canada's 150th anniversary. What change could come about between now and 2017 for First Nations, and for our relations with Canada, to make that occasion one First Nations can truly celebrate?
Bill C-51 is the subject of a great deal of commentary and controversy. First Nations have a long history in this country of dealing with laws that threaten our rights so we are always on guard against any legislation that could affect our rights, our citizens and our traditional territories.
Greetings and happy new year to everyone across Turtle Island. I hope that you enjoyed your holidays with friends and family.
First Nation leaders from across the country gathered for the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) and National Chief Election in Winnipeg from December 9-11, 2014. The Assembly drew almost 2,000 First Nation leaders, Elders, technicians, community members and observers for dialogue and strategy on key issues.
The Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) would like to extend their congratulations and express their support to newly elected National Chief Perry Bellegarde, a man of experience who will know how to face the numerous challenges impacting our Peoples and the national organization.
It took the first-ballot to name Saskatchewan's Perry Bellegarde as the new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).
The First Nations Leadership Council Congratulates the Newly Elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
First Nations leadership from across Canada met in Winnipeg, MB, for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)Special Chiefs’ Assembly.