Prime Minister and National Chief Joint Readout

Press Release

April 14, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke today with the AFN Executive to discuss how the Government of Canada can continue to support First Nations’ needs and priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister and the National Chief agreed that First Nations require equitable support and further resources to ensure the safety of First Nation citizens. The National Chief highlighted that First Nations, especially those who are isolated and remote, have a higher risk of infection.

The Prime Minister and the National Chief agreed to continue working together to ensure that First Nations have the resources to provide for the safety of their citizens, and that the federal government will keep supporting those First Nations who require special assistance and funding.

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