National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde giving the first talk in the North at Trent 2015 lecture series: “Saskatchewan First Nations and the Province’s Resource Future.”
Chief Bellegarde discusses Saskatchewan’s current and unprecedented resource boom. With oil and gas in the south, potash in central Saskatchewan, and uranium in the province’s north, along with promising mineral deposits in various locations, Saskatchewan's economy is flourishing. Chief Bellegarde shares details on how Saskatchewan’s First Nations are benefitting from the boom, becoming national leaders in appropriate collaboration, impact and benefit agreements with companies and government. Above all, they are working to ensure environmental protection and treaty rights are protected.
First elected to public office in 1986, Chief Bellegarde has held a variety of positions in public office including: assistant tribal council representative for the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, and both council and Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation. He twice served as Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Saskatchewan Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and in 2014 he was elected as Chief of the National Assembly of First Nations.