Assembly of First Nations

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By including Indigenous peoples, the USMCA breaks new ground

Opinion: Perry Bellegarde on why the ’new NAFTA’ is the most inclusive international trade agreement for Indigenous peoples developed to date
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Trudeau lowers expectations for swift, sweeping action on Indigenous issues

’We can do this quickly or we can do this right,’ he says, challenging First Nations leaders to set priorities and then sign on to new policies
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Tragically Hip singer Gord Downie is presented with a blanket during an honouring ceremony at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau

Perry Bellegarde on Gord Downie: ’He will continue to walk with us’

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on Downie’s advocacy for Indigenous peoples and his continuing legacy
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Why Canada’s Indigenous principles document matters

Opinion: Canada faces a moment of truth—and a new document from Canada’s Department of Justice can help show a way forward
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The Liberals’ plans for Indigenous reconciliation are just beads and trinkets

As the Assembly of First Nations prepares for its annual general assembly, the Liberals try to repackage old promises as new principles
A memorial for Tammy Keeash is seen in Thunder Bay. (Photograph Cole Burston)

The troubles in Thunder Bay should trouble all Canadians

Perry Bellegarde on the way forward in Thunder Bay, where seven Indigenous children have been found dead since 2000
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Perry Bellegarde on recognizing this land’s founding Indigenous peoples

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations on changing minds, his mother’s sacred teachings, and building a fairer Canada
Canada’s PM Trudeau stands with Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould and AFN National Chief Bellegarde at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau

The Liberals’ relationship with Indigenous communities sours

Trudeau Report Card: How a new ’nation-to-nation’ relationship with Indigenous communities quickly fell apart
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Perry Bellegarde makes his pitch for a developed, respectful Canada

The Assembly of First Nations National Chief told policymakers that Canada would do well to close the gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous people
Image of Perry Bellegarde courtesy of his PR team. CREDIT: Fred Cattroll

Perry Bellegarde on what comes next

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says he wants Trudeau to consult with First Nations more broadly before ambitious plans