First Nations from Across the Country Elect Perry Bellegarde as Assembly of First Nations National Chief at AFN’s 39th Annual General Assembly

Published: Jul 31, 2018News

(Vancouver, BC) – First Nation leaders from across the country today elected Perry Bellegarde as Assembly of First Nations National Chief at the AFN 39th Annual General Assembly today being held in the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde was elected on the second ballot with 328 votes out of 522 voters, and 63 percent of the vote. Five candidates stood for election as National Chief.

More than 2,400 First Nations leaders, Elders, women, and youth are gathered for the AFN’s 39th Annual General Assembly under the theme Working Together: Our Rights, Our Way, Our Future. The AGA continues tomorrow with discussion on priority matters and deliberation of resolutions to set national direction for the coming year. The AGA is being webcast on the AFN website at

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For more information, please contact:

Monica Poirier
Bilingual Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 382
[email protected]

Jenna Young Castro
AFN Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext 201
613-314-8157 (cell)
[email protected]