Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says the 2015 Federal Election Must Be About “Closing the Gap” Between First Nations and Canada

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said today that the federal election, now underway, is an opportunity for all Canadians to help close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations people and the rest of Canada.

07/24/15 Assembly of First Nations Commends Leadership of Cat Lake Kii-Chii-Ak-Koo-Zeen Cancer Awareness Walkers

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day today showed their support for a group of Cat Lake First Nation members walking from Ontario to British Columbia to raise awareness of the need for cancer prevention and early detection in remote communities. 

07/23/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Congratulates Regional Chief Bill Erasmus on Re-Election as Dene National Chief and Northwest Territories Regional Chief for the AFN

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today offered his congratulations to AFN Northwest Territories (NWT) Regional Chief Bill Erasmus, who was re-elected yesterday as Dene National Chief and AFN representative to represent the NWT region on the AFN National Executive. 

7/23/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Congratulates Kevin Hart on Election as AFN Manitoba Regional Chief

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today offered his congratulations to AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart, who was elected yesterday at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs meeting to represent the Manitoba region on the AFN National Executive. 

7/15/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Urges Premiers for Action in Partnership, Presses Federal Government to Come to the Table

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde met today with premiers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador and delivered the message that all governments - including the federal government - must work together collaboratively with Indigenous peoples on real action and outcomes that will close the gap in quality of life between First Nations and the rest of Canada. 

7/14/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Meet with Premiers

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will join other national Aboriginal leaders at a meeting with Premiers and Territorial Leaders in advance of the Council of Federation meeting taking place this week in Newfoundland. 

7/10/15 AFN National Chief Commends Alberta Premier for Efforts to Implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde commented today on Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s letter instructing her cabinet to conduct a review of all provincial policies, programs and legislation with regard to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and to implement the Declaration in partnership with Indigenous peoples. 

7/10/15 AFN National Chief Responds to Apology by Pope Francis for the Catholic Church’s Role in Colonialism

National Chief Perry Bellegarde commented today on the apology made Thursday by Pope Francis to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, seeking forgiveness for the role of the Catholic Church in colonialism and the resulting human rights abuses and impoverishment of Indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere.

7/9/15 First Nations Mobilizing to Drive Reconciliation and “Close the Gap” as Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly Closes in Montreal

First Nation leaders, youth and Elders from across Canada concluded the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 36th Annual General Assembly in Montreal today with a renewed commitment to drive reconciliation and close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians. 

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