Assembly of First Nations Calls for Full Investigation into Treatment of Tina Fontaine by Winnipeg Police and Paramedics and Demands National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis is calling for a thorough investigation into the actions of City of Winnipeg police officers who came into contact with the late Tina Fontaine within 24 hours of her disappearance and did not take her into care even though she had already been reported missing.  There are reports that in addition to the police officers, paramedics had also picked up Fontaine by ambulance earlier in the day but also allowed her to leave on her own.  

Assembly of First Nations Marks Orange Shirt Day and Maintains that All Children Matter

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard is encouraging people across the country to mark Orange Shirt Day on Tuesday September 30, 2014, a day to recognize the experience of former students of Indian Residential Schools and affirm a collective commitment to ensure that every child matters. 

Assembly of First Nations Launches National Cancer-Screening Awareness Video

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy today launched a national video raising awareness of the importance of cancer screening among First Nations, and urged First Nation citizens across the country to take all steps to prevent the chronic disease.

Assembly of First Nations Welcomes the Adoption of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document – Calls on Canada to Stop Trying to Obstruct and Deny Indigenous Rights

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard and AFN Saskatchewan Regional Chief Perry Bellegarde are participating in the inaugural World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) taking place at the United Nations in New York City.

Canada’s Statement on the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document

In 2010, our statement of support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly recorded that the Declaration is an “aspirational document which speaks to the individual and collective rights of indigenous peoples, taking into account their specific cultural, social and economic circumstances”.

AFN Marks 7th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: “Giving Life to the Declaration Will Move All of Canada Forward”

On Saturday September 13, 2014, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will mark the 7thAnniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UDRIP) by the UN General Assembly.  Indigenous leaders across Canada have been consistently advocating for the federal government to uphold and implement the principles of the UN Declaration which Canada officially endorsed in November 2010. 

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Expresses Need to Support Indigenous Youth on World Suicide Prevention Day

On World Suicide Prevention Day, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard reminds First Nations and all Canadians of the importance of empowering and supporting Indigenous peoples across the globe to make all efforts toward healthy living, which includes community-based suicide prevention. 

New Approach Needed on Comprehensive Land Claims Policy Respectful of Aboriginal Rights and Title

 Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard commented on today’s release by the federal government of an interim policy on comprehensive claims entitled Renewing the Comprehensive Land Claims Policy: Towards a Framework for Addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights.

Robinson-Huron Treaty Chiefs File Statement of Claim Against Ontario and Canada Calling on the Crown to Honour its Promises and Provide Resource Revenues from the Treaty Territory

Chiefs from the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory, acting on behalf of some 30,000 beneficiaries of the 1850 Robinson-Huron Treaty, have taken significant legal action by filing a Statement of Claim today naming the Crown in right of Canada and the Crown in right of Ontario regarding the longstanding failure of the Crown to raise annuities as agreed to under the Treaty.

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