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First Nations’ priorities are Canada’s priorities

Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
The First Nations agenda is about creating stronger, more prosperous First Nations and, thereby, a stronger, more prosperous country.
Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Three important pieces of legislation sit in the Senate today, subject to the whim of a small group of Senators, which is a gross undermining of the democratic process.
Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Canada is in transition and the opportunity is there to get it right, making Canada stronger by ensuring that it works for everyone—or to continue down a path that has proven only to produce profound inequities.
Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
A new fiscal relationship with the Crown needs to ensure that First Nations benefit fully from the land and resource wealth we agreed to share, not to give up.
Bolstering Indigenous languages and closing the socio-economic gap with non-Indigenous people in Canada are among the top priorities this fall for the Assembly of First Nations.
Opinion|By Perry Bellegarde
Borne of racism, and an impulse to control, the Indian Act has long proven itself broken by any metric. Closing the gap in the quality of life between First Nations and Canadians goes beyond programs and funding focused on reserve lands. There is a direct relationship between that gap in quality of life and the persistent failure to respect First Nations rights.Our exclusion from the economic life of this country begins with the failure to include us as self-determining peoples in the design and administration of laws and policies that affect us.
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