Perry Bellegarde

National Chief Perry Bellegarde. (Photograph by Jessica Deeks)

Outgoing AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde on a decade of progress

Bellegarde speaks to Paul Wells on the important advances made during his tenure and the road ahead as the Assembly of First Nations chooses a new national chief

Election 2019 primer: Indigenous affairs

Here’s where the parties stand on issues affecting Indigenous people and their sometimes fraught relationship with Ottawa

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

Are First Nations back to vague assurances on child welfare?

Jane Philpott’s emergency summit reflected a new era of good will. Concrete agreements were harder to come by.

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

Why the government’s decision to split INAC is a step in the right direction

Opinion: Perry Bellegarde on why he’s ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the Trudeau government’s split of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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

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

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

Maclean’s on the Hill: Canadian politics mourns Jim Prentice

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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

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