In a wide-ranging, year-end interview, AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde discusses the government’s contentious push against the Human Rights Tribunal’s compensation order, getting UNDRIP passed in year one, and grappling with the youth suicide crisis, among other issues.
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, pictured on Sept. 9, 2019, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, says educating and having relationships with all Senators will be critical in ensuring support for the passage of legislation affirming the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in this minority Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Trudeau government’s rhetoric on reconciliation with Indigenous people needs to be consistent with its actions, says Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde.
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Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.
'I do agree that things need to be implemented as quickly as possible. We could've done this a lot sooner. The good news is that we’re doing it now and announcing it today,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau.