7/5/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Calls for Action to Ensure Safety for First Nations Affected by Forest Fires in Saskatchewan

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde called for action to ensure safety and security for all First Nations citizens and communities affected by the fire situation in Saskatchewan. 

6/30/15 Assembly of First Nations Supports Universities Canada Indigenous Education Principles Aimed at Closing the Education Gap

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commends the leadership of Universities Canada in finding creative and new ideas to ensure that Indigenous students get the same opportunities as other Canadian students to achieve success in post-secondary studies.

6/30/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Congratulates Mike Smith on Re-Election as Yukon Regional Chief for the AFN

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today offered his congratulations to AFN Yukon Regional Chief Mike Smith, who was re-elected on June 24 to represent the Yukon region on the AFN National Executive. 

06/29/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Calls for Immediate Action on Senate Report on Housing and Infrastructure: Meets with Senate Committee Chair to Discuss Next Steps

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today met with the Senator Dennis Patterson, Chair of the Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, to discuss follow-up on the Committee’s recently released report On-Reserve Housing and Infrastructure: Recommendations for Change.  The report was released on June 23 and identifies the critical state of housing and infrastructure needs of First Nations in Canada.

06/26/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Marks One Year Anniversary of “Historic” Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot’in Decision

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today commented on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in William v. Canada, also known as the Tsilhqot’in decision.  The decision represents the first time a Canadian court recognized Aboriginal title over a specific tract of land outside of First Nations reserve lands.

06/26/15 Assembly of First Nations Welcomes New British Columbia Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson, Commends Work of Jody Wilson-Raybould

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde congratulated newly elected British Columbia Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson who was elected today at the BCAFN 12thAnnual General Meeting in Vancouver. 

6/19/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says RCMP Update on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women an “Urgent Call to Action on a National Crisis”

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today the over-representation of Indigenous women missing and murdered in Canada demands action.  This follows today’s release of the RCMP’s 2015 Update to the National Operation Overview on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women which reports 32 Aboriginal female homicide cases within RCMP jurisdiction since May 2014 (more than two-thirds of all female homicides during that time ) and another 174 reports of missing Aboriginal women in all police jurisdictions.

6/19/15 First Nations Still Far from Closing the Gap According to the Aboriginal Economic Progress Report 2015 – National Chief Calls for Immediate Action

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde has stated that The Aboriginal Progress Report 2015, a new report by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB), provides important recommendations for addressing the socio-economic challenges faced by First Nations in Canada.

6/19/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Marks National Aboriginal Day on June 21 as a Time to Commit to Reconciliation

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today commented on National Aboriginal Day - also known to many First Nations as National Aboriginal Solidarity Day - that will be celebrated on Sunday, June 21. National Aboriginal Day is a day to recognize the contributions of First Nations and for all Canadians to commit to reconciliation and closing the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians.

6/17/15 Assembly of First Nations Welcomes New Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, Commends Work of Stan Beardy

(Ottawa, ON):  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde congratulated newly elected Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day who was elected by traditional ceremony today during the All Ontario Chiefs Conference in Anishinaabe territory of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation (Rat Portage) Treaty #3 Territory.

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