Dene Chiefs support AFN Emergency Resolution on Wildfires in BC

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. (Turtle Island News)

The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly wrapped up yesterday in Regina Saskatchewan. While most of the media’s attention was on the resolution regarding the commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, leaders from Denendeh were also focused on the wildfire situation in British Columbia.

Liidlii Kue Chief Gerry Antoine voted alongside chiefs from BC.

“This emergency resolution was on the forest fires, and when crisis like this happen in a community, authorities need to involve the Indigenous people, because it’s there territory that’s also burning,”Antoine told CKLB Thursday morning.

Timber Kings reality TV star Bryan Senior posted a photo this week with Fire Fighters from the NWT.

Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, Elder Francois Paulette and Behchoko Chief Clifford Daniels were also in attendance.

AFN Chief Perry Bellegarde acknowledged that First Nations leaders are divided on what to do about the troubled Inquiry. After 90 minutes of debate the chiefs rejected a call for Prime Minister Trudeau to replace the commissioners on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

However, the chiefs, who were gathered did pass a resolution calling for changes to the inquiry, asking the federal government to reset and alter its mandate and process.

The AFN’s next gathering will be held in Ottawa.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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