National Chief Perry Bellegarde

About

National Chief Bellegarde is from the Little Black Bear First Nation, Treaty 4 Territory. He served as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatchewan Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. He has also served as the Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, Councillor for the Little Black Bear First Nation and Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation. Perry Bellegarde was named AFN National Chief on December 10, 2014.

He has spent his entire adult life putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known over the years. Passionate about making measureable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people, National Chief Bellegarde is a strong advocate for the implementation of Inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. Widely known as a consensus builder with a track record of accomplishment, he brings community people, leaders, Chiefs and Elders together to focus on working cooperatively to move issues forward.

Achievements

  • Negotiating the addition of 250 gaming machines to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) resulting in a pathway for the long-term financial stability of the FSIN

  • Facilitating negotiations between the FSIN and the Province of Saskatchewan that resulted in the 25-year Gaming Agreement

  • Leading Little Black Bear (LBB) First Nation out of 3rd party management within 8 months of being elected Chief

  • Facilitating LBB’s re-qualification for CMHC housing after a 13-year period of no new housing

  • A national multi-million dollar compensation package for First Nations veterans and their spouses

Vision

National Chief Bellegarde’s candidacy for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations was based on a vision that includes establishing processes for self-determination; recognition of inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights; the revitalization and retention of indigenous languages; and establishing a new relationship with the Crown – one that removes the long-standing 2% cap on federal funding.

Highlights from the National Chief

National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Today we stand in the shadow of our great leaders who have passed into the spirit world. I vow to you and to them, that I will fight for the teachings that unite us all.

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Congrats to @ChiefTerryPaul on receiving #OrderofCanada Your hard work, dedication to improving the lives of #FirstNations made @MembertouCorp a model of success https://t.co/m6N3zeeviN

At the #FirstNationHealth Managers Association Conf w/ Elder Lois Cornelius of the Oneida Nation of the Thames #FNHMA @AIAI_Comms

Keynote today @ First Nation Health Managers Association Conf 'FirstNations have an inherent right to healthcare' #FNHMA @GovCanHealth

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