Water protection, climate change the priorities on Day 1 of AFN annual assembly

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
CBC News

The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says talks on water protection and climate change will take priority on the first day of its 40th annual general assembly.

Perry Bellegarde spoke of the importance of water as a vital resource and a powerful force in the form of flooding during his opening speech in Fredericton on Tuesday, the first day of the three-day event.

"Water is going to be such a precious resource," Bellgarde said. "People are going to be fighting over water. And now we have to use our sacred knowledge to safeguard that. Protect that."

First Nation leaders from across Canada are in the New Brunswick capital for the annual assembly, a chance to discuss Indigenous issues and the challenges facing Canada and its relationship with First Nations.

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