Assembly of First Nations National Chief congratulates Craig Makinaw on election as Alberta Regional Chief

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde congratulates Craig Makinaw on his election today as Alberta Regional Chief and welcomes him to the AFN National Executive. He will be taking office on July 1st, 2015.

05/13/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate at International Cooperation Days 2015 Conference “Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges”: Will Speak at Closing Plenary “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous Perspectives

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be at the Palais des Congrès in Gatineau (QC) on Thursday May 14th to participate in the session “Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous Perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals” at the International Cooperation Days 2015 conference. The National Chief will speak to the work required in Canada to ensure the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are fully realized and achieved.  He will deliver a keynote speech along with Edwin Vasquez, General Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin. 

05/06/15 AFN National Chief Says Defeat of Bill on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Undermines Government’s Commitments to First Nations and Canadians

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says that today’s vote in the House of Commons to defeat Private Member’s Bill C-641, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, undermines Canada’s claims to be a country that respects and acts on the human rights of Indigenous peoples. 

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.

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