Assembly of First Nations Specific Claims Expert Panel to Meet in Vancouver, B.C. on March 26, 2015

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Expert Panel on specific land claims will be in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday, March 26 to hear from First Nations and their representatives about the current specific claims process, their experiences and insights and ideas for change.  The AFN created the independent Expert Panel in order to assist in creating a better, more fair and just approach to resolving specific land claims.  The Expert Panel is preparing a report and recommendations as part of the five year review of the Specific Claims Tribunal Act.

Assembly of First Nations to Host National Mental Wellness Policy Forum

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will open the national Mental Wellness Policy Forum taking place March 25 and 26 in Winnipeg, MB.

Assembly of First Nations Supports the Alternative Federal Budget and the Goal of Closing the Gap in Quality of Life Between First Nations and Canadians

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed support for the key investments and a new approach based on recognizing First Nations rights that will support a better quality of life for First Nations as set out in today’s Alternative Federal Budget, Delivering the Good, released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

AFN National Chief Tells House of Commons Committee to Withdraw Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Legislation

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today told the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to withdraw Bill C-51, the proposed federal anti-terrorism legislation. 

Assembly of First Nations Responds to CEDAW Report Stating Canada has Committed “Grave Violation” of Rights of Indigenous Women, Continues Push for National Inquiry and Immediate Action

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the finding by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) that Canada has committed a “grave violation” of the human rights of Indigenous women cannot be ignored.  National Chief Bellegarde repeated the call for a National Public Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and coordinated action to achieve safety and security. 

National Chief Acknowledges Final Report by Working Group on Natural Resource Development

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today acknowledged the final report by the Working Group on Natural Resources Development, Advancing Positive, Impactful Change.  The report was publicly released today by members of the Working Group.

Working Together To Prevent And Address Violence Against Indigenous Women And Girls

Indigenous families and leaders, Premiers, provincial and territorial Ministers and representatives and Ministers from the Government of Canada met yesterday in Ottawa on needed action to prevent and address violence against Indigenous women and girls. 

National Chief Says Report on Violence Against Indigenous Women Supports Need for Immediate Action and a National Public Inquiry

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the research study released today by the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women is a valuable contribution to the discussion on the need for a national inquiry into the national crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and thanked the Coalition members for their work and commitment.

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