05/1/15 Assembly of First Nations Acknowledges Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day, Celebrates Healthy Living Initiatives

To mark National Aboriginal Diabetes Awareness Day, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN Regional Chief Roger Augustine call for continued support for initiatives promoting healthy living and diabetes prevention among First Nations.

04/28/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says Recommendations by Auditor General Must Be Implemented in Coordination with First Nations

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says the Government of Canada must act on the recommendations in a report today by the Auditor General of Canada and work with First Nations to improve access to health services in remote First Nation communities.

04/27/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Calls on All Countries to Make All Laws and Policies Consistent with International Human Rights Standards

Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are calling on all countries, including Canada, to ensure that their laws and policies are consistent with international human rights standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

04/27/15 Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Joint Statement of the Assembly of First Nations; Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee); Amnesty International; Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers); Chiefs of Ontario; Congress of Aboriginal Peoples; KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives; First Nations Summit; Indigenous World Association; Native Women’s Association of Canada; Samson Cree Nation; Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.

04/21/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says 2015 Federal Budget a “Missed Opportunity” for First Nations and Canada

04/21/15 Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said that today’s federal budget fails to deliver on investments needed to improve the lives of First Nations, and instead maintains the status quo that leaves First Nations people lagging behind the rest of Canada in every basic indicator of social and economic well-being.

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.

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