10/2/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Calls on All Party Leaders to Participate in English-language Consortium Debate
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde is adding his voice to the call for federal party leaders to participate in the English-language Consortium Debate originally scheduled for October 8. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has indicated he will not participate and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has said his presence is contingent on the Conservative leader being there.
10/02/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief to Participate in Vancouver Vigil for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde encourages all Canadians to attend a Sisters in Spirit rally or vigil on October 4 to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and to show support for action to end violence.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today marked the annual Orange Shirt Day in recognition of the harm caused by Indian residential schools with a message that First Nations children matter and that reconciliation must include a commitment to every single child.
9/28/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says Foreign Policy Directly Related to First Nation Priorities, and Leaders must Show Commitment to Action with First Nations and Indigenous Peoples Globally
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said this evening’s Munk Debate on Canada’s foreign policy with federal party leaders demonstrates the need for greater inclusion and focus on First Nations and Indigenous priorities in the last weeks leading up to the federal election.
9/24/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says French-Language Federal Party Leaders’ Debate Demonstrates Need for Focused Discussion on First Nations People and Priorities: AFN Convening Open Forum on October 7
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said that tonight’s French-language debate demonstrates the need for greater focus on First Nations peoples and priorities during the election and the AFN is taking action to make this happen.
The Assembly of First Nations is convening an Open Forum on the 2015 Federal Election taking place on October 7, 2015 at the Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort, Meeting Room Enoch C/D at 300 East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, Alberta, T7X 3X3.
9/22/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Speaks at University of Manitoba on Urgent Need to Close the Gap
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today addressed a group gathered at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, challenging those in attendance to make a difference by committing to reconciliation and action to close the gap in quality of life between First Nations people and Canadians.
9/18/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Says the Federal Party Leaders Debate Ignores First Nations Economic Issues
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said that tonight’s federal political party leaders debate on the economy was a clear opportunity for all leaders to explain their vision and plans for including First Nations in the economy and close the gap in the quality of life between First Nations people and Canadians. Unfortunately, First Nations were largely unaddressed and the economic crisis across Canada in First Nations communities was ignored apart from Mr. Trudeau's effort to raise First Nations economic issues.
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the Green Party platform released on September 9 by Party Leader Elizabeth May addresses a number of First Nation priorities set out in the AFN’s Closing the Gap: 2015 Federal Election Priorities for First Nations and Canada.
9/9/15 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Statement Regarding Ongoing Dialogue on First Nations Voting in Federal Election
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde released the following statement today: “As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a First Nations leader who has held elected office for 26 years, I believe that being non-partisan is essential. I honour and trust the wisdom of many First Nations Knowledge Keepers, Chiefs and leaders who have told me in the past that, as a leader, it is essential to be non-partisan. As Indigenous peoples, our relationship is with the Crown, rather than one political party. And I must work with the entire Crown. This is why I have not voted in federal elections. I have been encouraging First Nations people to vote because our people and priorities matter and we can be an important factor in this election.