Assembly of First Nations

Bennett Embarrassed By Handling Of Indian Act Changes

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics

She admitted time constraints caused mistakes and for less engagement with First Nations than she would have liked.

AFN Chief Says Contentious B.C. Dam Project Undermines Trudeau Promise

CP | Kristy Kirkup | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"Why don’t they respect and follow their own constitution?"

Social Issues Facing Indigenous Communities Can't Wait

Jody Wilson-Raybould | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Jody Wilson-Raybould

Now is the time. The political and legal ducks are aligned. There is a friendly government. But we need your solutions. As a government we are not going to impose solutions. With your leadership we can and will make enormous progress for all of us. There is no need to refight battles that have already been won. Limited resources, time and energy have to be expended on building - not fighting. On creating - not destroying.

RCMP Commissioner Pledges Reconciliation With Indigenous People

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Politics

Paulson said last December there are racists in his police force.

Aboriginal People Need Their Own Gun Registry: AFN

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics

Quebec's long-gun registry bill faces public hearings.

Daughter Of Murdered Activist Wants Apology From First Nations Group

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Politics

She said Bellegarde's comments were insensitive to murdered and missing aboriginal women.

Ontario First Nation Risks Losing Its Link To The Outside World

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Politics

Beausoleil, about 5,400 hectares of Ojibwa territory, is located primarily on Christian Island.

Climate Change Is Jeopardizing Vital Winter Roads For First Nations

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Politics

Isadore Day says winter roads in the province are integral to a number of remote reserves that bank on the network to help offset costs of moving goods by air.

RCMP Commissioner Admits Racist Officers Are A Problem

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada

"I would encourage you all, though, to have confidence in the processes that exist," said Bob Paulson.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

AFN Chief Says He Will Vote, Urges First Nations People To Cast Ballots

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"You need to be an example. You need to vote."

AFN Chief Will 'Revisit' Decision To Not Vote In Election

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics

Perry Bellegarde says he's never voted in a federal election because he's been in First Nations leadership roles and wanted to preserve the appearance of impartiality.

First Nations Chief Says Feds Should Make 60 Aboriginal Languages Official

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics

National chief says 'ultimate goal' would be to have Aboriginal languages printed beside English and French.

AFN Chief Urges Canada To Make Reconciliation Real

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - National Chief Perry Bellegarde is urging First Nations and other Canadians to push for reconciliation at the polls this fall.In the first ...

On Victoria Day, Think About Ending the Monarchy in Canada

Tom Freda | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Tom Freda

We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.

Michael Bolen

There Is A Way To Fix First Nations Education. And This Is How It Starts | Michael Bolen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Politics

It took 15 years for a new elementary school to open in Attawapiskat after the old one was shut down. It doesn't have to be this way. (Photo: The Cana...

The One Issue Chief Bellegarde Wants To Fix Right Now

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language is highly personal issue for this leader. He told us he didn't learn his own Cree tongue until university and that profoundly impacted his sense of identity. Knowing their own language, he argues, is essential for First Nations children because "studies have shown that when a child is fluent in their indigenous language, they're more successful in school and life."

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?

Chiefs: Families Of Missing, Murdered Women Must Be Part Of Roundtable

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Chiefs from across Canada say the voices of families mourning missing and murdered aboriginal women have been drowned out and they must be ...

Meet The New National Chief Of The Assembly Of First Nations

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - The new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is warning it will no longer be business as usual when it comes to development on F...

Chiefs Want Aboriginals To Rise Up Against Tory Law

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Chiefs at an Assembly of First Nations meeting are calling for the aboriginal community to rise up against the federal government's transpa...

Teen Left For Dead Calls For Inquiry Into Missing, Murdered Native Women

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba teenager who was viciously assaulted and left for dead by the side of a river has added her voice to the call for a national inq...

First Nations' Ultimatum: Pick Between Dam And LNG

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - With a decision imminent on the Site C hydroelectric project in northeastern British Columbia, area First Nations have delivered a message...

Controversial Education Act Must Go, First Nations Reiterate

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Assembly of First Nations concluded its annual meeting Thursday with no sign it is budging from its position that a contentious aborigin...

Common Ground On Controversial Tory Reforms?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Chiefs attending an annual gathering of the Assembly of First Nations are mulling several counter-proposals to a controversial Conservative b...