Assembly of First Nations

Tory MP says he’ll apologize to First Nation for ‘grossly disrespectful’ comments

Tory MP says he’ll apologize to First Nation for ‘grossly disrespectful’ comments

Feb 13, 2024 | 8:54am
A Conservative MP says he’ll apologize after facing demands that he retract comments he made last week about First Nations burning down water treatment plants because they’re frustrated with the Liberals.  The office of Saskatoon area MP Kevin Waugh said Monday he has offered to meet with the chief of Piapot First Nation, along with elders, and […]
New AFN chief looks to turn page with Pierre Poilievre from Harper-era tensions

New AFN chief looks to turn page with Pierre Poilievre from Harper-era tensions

Feb 4, 2024 | 9:44am
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is trying to make inroads with Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre, hoping to forestall the tensions and angst that marked the party’s last time in power. The legacy of the Idle No More movement has shaped how young Indigenous activists and leaders view the Conservatives, an image […]
Cindy Woodhouse is the new AFN national chief after David Pratt concedes

Cindy Woodhouse is the new AFN national chief after David Pratt concedes

Dec 7, 2023 | 2:38pm
Cindy Woodhouse became the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations on Thursday, when she pleaded with Canadians to support the people she represents — and warned them to pay attention. “You have to work with First Nations people in a good way,” said Woodhouse, who had been Manitoba regional chief for the […]
Six ballots, no winner: Assembly of First Nations election spills over to Thursday

Six ballots, no winner: Assembly of First Nations election spills over to Thursday

Dec 7, 2023 | 8:47am
Assembly of First Nations organizers sent delegates home without a new national chief late Wednesday after six rounds of balloting failed to produce a winner with enough votes to clear the 60 per cent threshold necessary for victory.   With just 15 minutes to spare before Ottawa’s downtown Shaw Centre had to close for the […]
Assembly of First Nations meeting kicks off as election of new national chief looms

Assembly of First Nations meeting kicks off as election of new national chief looms

Dec 5, 2023 | 1:34pm
A special meeting of the Assembly of First Nationskicked off in Ottawa on Tuesday, as chiefs get ready to elect a new leader. Hundreds of delegates flocked to a downtown Ottawa convention centre, where candidates for national chief were getting ready to plead their final case to those preparing to decide their fate. The election […]

Alberta, Saskatchewan chiefs call for sovereignty acts to be withdrawn

Dec 7, 2022 | 11:58am

First Nations chiefs from Alberta and Saskatchewan are calling for their provinces to toss proposed legislation they say is inherently undemocratic, unconstitutional and infringes on Indigenous rights. “We are not looking for change or amendments to the bill. We want it withdrawn,” Chief Tony Alexis said Wednesday on behalf of Treaty 6. The chiefs are […]

Saskatchewan chief running for Assembly of First Nations chief

Jun 3, 2021 | 2:52pm

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations executive is supporting the bid of a Saskatchewan Chief in his bid for the Assembly of First Nations National Chief. Reginald Bellerose is the Chief of the Muskowekwan First Nation. The FSIN executive says in a statement that Chief Bellerose has been a dedicated and influential leader for nearly […]

Perry Bellegarde won’t seek re-election as head of Assembly of First Nations

Dec 7, 2020 | 11:22am

National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said he won’t seek re-election as the head of the organization next summer. Bellegarde, who has served in the role since 2014, said in a series of tweets that he has successfully advocated for laws protecting Indigenous children and languages as well as a new […]

Bellegarde wants Brenda Lucki out as head of RCMP

Oct 23, 2020 | 3:38pm

The Assembly of First Nations has “lost confidence” in RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki after months of unrest, National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Friday as he called for her resignation. “The safety and security of all Canadians, including First Nations people, must be the top priority of the prime minister and the federal government,” Bellegarde wrote […]

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde calls COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan alarming

May 5, 2020 | 4:11pm

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says an outbreak of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan’s far north is alarming. Perry Bellegarde notes there has been a steady rise in cases mainly from in and around the Dene community of La Loche, 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. He says the English River First Nation’s territory […]