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‘At least it’s a start’: AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde says Scheer’s attendance at recent chiefs’ meeting was a good step, despite boos

By Jolson Lim      

In a year-end interview, the leader of Canada's largest Indigenous advocacy organization says the 2019 federal election will be key as the voting power of First Nations people increases.

Assembly of First Nations national chief Perry Bellegarde is pictured speaking at his organization's special chiefs' assembly meeting in Ottawa on Dec. 4. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Despite Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer receiving boos at a recent Assembly of First Nations meeting in Ottawa, Perry Bellegarde says his attendance is a step in the right direction.

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‘No question’ feds have duty to start talks, says AFN’s Bellegarde, after days-long demonstrations in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Palak Mangat
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News|By Neil Moss
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