THUNDER BAY – ANISHINAWBEK = Assembly of First Nationals National Chief Perry Bellegarde is positive and enthusiastic when he talks about the issues with education and youth across Canada.
The National Chief shares an enthusiastic vision for youth in Canada. “We are breaking down stereotypes,” states the National Chief.
In a message to youth, the National Chief said, “You don’t have to be elected to be a leader.” The National Chief is calling on young people to step up and move forward, and never give up.
The issues and challenges facing youth in Canada with education is the gap between the funding for youth on First Nations reserves in Canada compared to the rest of Canada. The National Chief states that there is a gap of almost five thousand dollars in the funding for each student.
The federal government needs to respect the treaties and respect the communities for their input into education asserts National Chief Bellegarde.
The National Chief was in Thunder Bay this week for the preparatory Conference on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the Education Conference in Thunder Bay.
Inspiring Message for Youth