Assembly of First Nations National Chief Demands RCMP and Minister Valcourt Share Information Regarding Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today expressed serious concern that the federal government and the RCMP are withholding important and sensitive information about violence against Indigenous women and girls, and is demanding that this information be shared immediately with First Nations so that it can help inform work to address and prevent violence.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Responds to Eyford Report on Comprehensive Land Claims Policy Reform

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today  responded to the report by Ministerial Special Representative Douglas Eyford, “A New Direction: Advancing Aboriginal and Treaty Rights”.  The report, which focuses on Aboriginal and Treaty rights within the context of Canada’s outdated Comprehensive Land Claims Policy, was presented to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) Bernard Valcourt.

Assembly of First Nations Congratulates Heiltsuk First Nation on Resolving Fishery Dispute and Standing-up for First Nations Rights

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) today congratulates the Heiltsuk First Nation for their successful stand to protect the herring stocks in their territory and commends the Heiltsuk for their commitment to securing movement towards a peaceful and cooperative resolution of issues related to their traditional fishery.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says Appeal in Gladue Case is Necessary Step, Will Attend Honouring Gathering in Saskatoon

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis will attend two separate gatherings today in support of justice for Cindy Gladue who was found dead in Edmonton in June 2011.  Following a month long trial, Bradley Barton was found not guilty.

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. 

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