Public lecture and Q & A with AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the University of Manitoba invite you to attend a public lecture by AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde:

Closing the Gap: First Nations' Priorities are Canada's Priorities

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Multi Purpose Room - 2nd floor University Centre
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus

National Chief Closing the Gap Between First Nations and Canada: An Agenda for Action

Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde is calling on all Canadians to support closing the gap between First Nations and Canada. The Gap is the vast difference in the quality of life experienced by First Nations people and non-Indigenous Canadians. The Gap is well documented and is holding all of us back from building healthy and thriving First Nations and a stronger Canada. Now is the time for reconciliation, and we can only achieve reconciliation by closing the gap through fair fiscal arrangements and respect of First Nations fundamental human rights.

In his speech, National Chief Perry Bellegarde will set out a plan and a vision for comprehensive, collaborative change to close the gap. The National Chief will explain why First Nations priorities are Canada’s priorities and he will explain efforts the AFN is making to ensure these priorities are addressed.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome! 

About National Chief Perry Bellegarde:

Perry Bellegarde’s career has been marked by an unwavering commitment to be of service to the concerns of Canada’s First Nations. Currently, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, he has also served as the Chief of the Little Black Bear First Nation, Tribal Chair of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, the Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), and Regional Vice Chief for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). In addition, he served as Vice President of Labour and Aboriginal Initiatives for the Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan for three years. His community service has included serving on the Board of Directors of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA), Ranch Ehrlo, the Globe Theatre, and both the Regina and National Chapters of the YMCA, as well as both the Indian Government and Lands and Resources Commissions for the FSIN. A recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, National Chief Bellegarde was the first Treaty Indian to graduate from the University of Regina in 1984 with a Bachelor of Administration.  In March 2012, he completed the Certified Corporate Board Training through The Directors College sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business. Guided by the teachings of First Nations Elders and Chiefs, National Chief Bellegarde has remained a strong advocate for inherent and treaty rights. He continues to lead and build consensus on resolving issues that benefit First Nations and inspire unity across the country.