‘We’ve got things moving,’ AFN national chief Bellegarde touts new federal money in re-election pitch
'It's like: go to bed, but don't pull up the covers. That's how close it should be,' says Perry Bellegarde of his relationship with the PM and government, which some First Nations advocates have said is too close for comfort.
'When were First Nations' issues and priorities gaining the attention that they are now?' asked Perry Bellegarde, AFN national chief, in an interview with The Hill Times' editorial board on Dec. 13. He suggested his organization's lobby efforts have helped secure $11.8-billion worth of federal investments towards Indigenous people. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade