SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University will welcome Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations as part of its President’s Speakers Series marking the Year of Indigenous Action on campus. National Chief Bellegarde’s talk will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in Convocation Hall (37 York Street).
“Perry Bellegarde has been an influential and essential figure in First Nations discussions and consultation, particularly in his role as National Chief, “ says University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell. “We look forward to having him on campus and learning more about these matters during Mount Allison’s Year of Indigenous Action.”
Elected as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2014, Perry Bellegarde has spent his entire adult life putting into practice his strong beliefs in the laws and traditions instilled in him by the many Chiefs and Elders he has known over the years. Passionate about making measurable progress on the issues that matter most to First Nations people, he is a strong advocate for the implementation of inherent First Nations and Treaty rights and is widely known as a consensus builder.
National Chief Bellegarde’s Mount Allison talk is co-sponsored by the Josiah Wood Lecture and is open to everyone, no admission charge. He joins a noted line-up of speakers at Mount Allison including Ian Campeau, advocate, DJ, and founding member of the music group A Tribe Called Red (Nov. 20), Albert Marshall, Elder of the Mi’kmaw Nation (Jan. 16), Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire (Jan. 23) and Naiomi Metallic, Chancellor’s Chair in Aboriginal Law and Policy, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Jan. 25) as well as past speaker Dr. Niigaan Sinclair from the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba.
For more information about the Year of Indigenous Action at Mount Allison please visit: mta.ca/pss