Perry Bellegarde

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 […]

Assembly of First Nations have signed a protocol agreement giving Indigenous people more jurisdiction over child and family services

Jul 7, 2020 | 9:55am

The federal government and Assembly of First Nations have signed a protocol agreement giving Indigenous people more jurisdiction over child and family services. AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde called this a good day. The agreement includes a commitment to regular bilateral meetings on the Act and on the co-development of schedule and agenda. Bellegarde said […]

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 […]

CN Rail discusses impact from ongoing rail blockades

Feb 18, 2020 | 1:43pm

CN Rail is hoping rail movement will remain open after protesters blocking rail access to the port of Prince Rupert took down their blockade on Thursday. Sean Finn, executive vice-president of CN Rail, said they are working to fix the grain backlog that started after the protests began. Finn said he’s hopeful the blockades are […]

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde says combating climate change among election priorities

Sep 9, 2019 | 1:15pm

Canada has been treating Indigenous issues as higher priorities since the last federal election but more work needs to be done, says Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde. The national group, which includes First Nations chiefs from across Canada, is outlining its election priorities for Canada’s First Nations, with less than a week before […]

AFN chief Perry Bellegarde vows to influence party platforms in advance of federal election

Jul 23, 2019 | 2:31pm

the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is calling on members to lobby all parties in an effort to influence political platforms ahead of the federal election in October. “With the federal election coming, I want to say now the importance of voting and the importance of influencing all party platforms,” Perry Bellegarde […]