Highlights / Perry Bellegarde

Indigenous, Society

Answers sought in RCMP killing of First Nations man in New Brunswick

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling for a complete overhaul of the policing system in Canada, two days after a First Nations man was shot and killed by New Brunswick RCMP.  The confrontation left Rodney Levi, »

Health, Indigenous, Society

Indigenous leaders want more help from Ottawa to fight COVID-19

First Nations and Metis leaders say they need more help from the federal government to combat COVID-19 in their communities. The leaders are asking for more money, more assistance with security and more help in acquiring protective equipment. Ottawa announced »

Health, Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa and Indigenous leaders try to move forward on suicides

Some political momentum may be building for more concerted action to stop First Nations youth and teens from taking their own lives. On Tuesday, New Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller told a gathering of the Assembly of First Nations that »

Indigenous, Society

AFN leader says Canada must press Brazil on Indigenous survival

The head of the Assembly of First Nations says Canada needs to press Brazil to “end its violence” against Indigenous Peoples. In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Chief Perry Bellegarde says he has “grave concerns” over what »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Ottawa set to begin overhaul of Indigenous child welfare system

The federal government has unveiled a sweeping overhaul of Canada’s Indigenous child welfare system that will effectively turn over child care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities. News of the plan was revealed last fall by then-Indigenous Services Minister »

Indigenous, Politics, Society

Historic legislation to protect First Nations’ languages is tabled in Ottawa

Historic legislation aimed at protecting the languages First Nations peoples have spoken for millennia was introduced in Canada’s Parliament on Tuesday. Bill C-91 comes as the the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues its efforts of make amends for »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, Health, Indigenous, Society

Advocate admonishes Ottawa for lack of progress on First Nations issues

A leading advocate for First Nations children and their families is admonishing Canada’s federal government about the snail’s pace its taking fixing problems that have festered for too long. In a speech to the International Society for the Prevention of »