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Saskatchewan 150: National Chief Perry Bellegarde a champion for indigenous people – Starphoenix

by ahnationtalk on February 16, 2017126 Views

February 15, 2017

From hisroots on Little Black Bear First Nation, Perry Bellegarde has proven that perseverance pays off, blazinga trail not only for himself, but for indigenous people in Canada.

According to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Bellegarde becamethe first treaty Indian in Saskatchewan to graduate from the University of Regina in 1984, with a Bachelor of Administration.

He used his education and set his sights on First Nationspolitics, which has seen him serve as chief of his First Nation, as regional chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) on three occasions and nowChief of the Assembly of First Nations.

During his time in Saskatchewan he was at the forefront of many indigenous issues and although some have garnered him criticism, there is no denying his impact on locally, provincially and federally.

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