AFN National Chief to Address UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues re. Bill C-15

Published: Apr 22, 2021News

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will address the international community virtually at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues tomorrow on the topic of implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) in Canada.

Friday April 23, 2021

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. ET


National Chief Bellegarde will speak during a session identified for follow up to the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples where states unanimously agreed to the importance of national implementation of the global, minimum standards set out in the UN Declaration. National Chief Bellegarde’s comments and written submission will focus on the implementation of the UN Declaration in Canada, its significance as a foundational international standard and the need for parliamentary support for Bill C-15 and Royal Assent before this current session of Parliament ends.

Bill C-15 is a proposed federal law setting out a process to implement the UN Declaration in Canada. The Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on December 3, 2020 and passed second reading in the House of Commons April 19, 2021.


The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations people in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter at @AFN_Updates.




For more information please contact:

Kelly Reid
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
[email protected]