Media Advisory - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Joins First Nations Leaders for Press Conference and Meeting with United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, March31, 2015 /CNW/ -  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be at Westbank First Nation, B.C. today for a press conference and meeting with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.  The meeting is organized by the Okanagan Nation Alliance and will include First Nations leaders and representatives from across B.C.

The press conference is being held prior to the meeting.  The details as provided by the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) are as follows:



12:30 pm – 12:45 pm
Tuesday March 31, 2015


Sensisyusten School Multipurpose Room
1920 Quail Lane, Westbank, B.C.

Press Conference Agenda:
12.30   Chief Robert Louie, Westbank First Nation
12:32   Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President Union of BC Indian
Chiefs and ONA Chair
12:34   AFN National Chief Perry Belgarde
12:36   Grand Chief Edward John
12:38   Victoria TauliCorpuz, United Nations Special Rapporteur on
the Rights of Indigenous People
12:40   Question and Answers

The purpose of the meeting, according to organizers, is "…to share, first hand, the challenges and issues that the First Nations people in British Columbia are facing."  The National Chief will deliver Opening Remarks at the meeting on behalf of the AFN and First Nations across Canada.

More information about today's meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur is available on the Okanagan Nation Alliance website at:

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-247-6789 ext. 382, 613-292-0857,; Jenna Young Castro, AFN Communications Officer, 613-241-6789 ext. 401, 613-314-8157,

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