National Chief Perry Bellegarde was re-elected during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly held July 24-26 in Vancouver.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of NAN Chiefs and the Executive Council, congratulated Bellegarde on his re-election as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory:
“On behalf of NAN I am pleased to congratulate Perry Bellegarde on his re-election as National Chief. He is a strong advocate for First Nations with our federal Treaty partner and has supported our leaders and communities in times of need throughout his first term. National Chief has received a solid mandate, and we look forward to working with him and the Assembly of First Nations to advance the interests of our Nations at the federal level. I also acknowledge all of the candidates for their dedication to advancing the interests of First Nations and for issues they have raised during this campaign.”
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald also congratulated Bellegarde on his re-election.
“The Chiefs from across this country, having many diverse platforms to choose from, selected a leader whom they felt best represents their interests nationally,” Regional Chief Archibald said. “Working collaboratively, we can achieve positive resolutions to our common issues, while collectively holding a vision of vibrant, safe and prosperous communities with happy children and healthy families.”
“I offer my support to the re-elected National Chief, as I believe that by embracing change, harnessing our strengths and working in unity, we will create a better quality of life for all First Nation communities in Ontario,” stated Regional Chief Archibald. “With new and renewed mandates, the National Chief and the AFN Executive can use this momentum to create positive change for First Nations people and communities.”
National Chief Bellegarde won in the second ballot with 328 votes, while needing 312 to surpass the 60 per cent election mark.