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First Nations vote ‘a force’ parties must reckon with, leaders say

By Samantha Wright Allen      

‘We have impact. We’re not going to be pushed to the side anymore,’ AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde told members July 24.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, pictured at a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in January 2019, says the AFN will influence party platforms in the coming election. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The climate crisis, the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls Inquiry report’s calls for justice, and self-governance are just some of the issues that First Nations leaders say they’re trying to get on party platforms as they point to the power of the growing population’s vote.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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