Chief Perry Bellegarde is acknowledged for achieving results. He has done it before.
As Chief of Little Black Bear First Nation, he led it back from the financial brink, taking over the leadership of a First Nation that was in third party management and transforming it into a First Nation that achieved an unqualified audit in two years. Concurrently, Little Black Bear’s status as being ineligible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation housing was transformed to being eligible for new housing in less than two years. First Nations citizens were the beneficiaries of that leadership.
As Tribal Representative of the Touchwood-File Hills-Qu’Appelle Tribal Council, Chief Bellegarde was instrumental in the transfer of the old ‘Indian hospital’ in Treaty Four Territory to First Nations control and having a new hospital constructed. Today, the All Nations Healing Hospital in Fort Qu’Appelle serves First Nations and non-First Nations people, alike. Having the original Treaty Four grounds returned to reserve status, held by all 34 Treaty Four First Nations stands as another significant accomplishment of Chief Bellegarde as the Tribal Representative. As the Saskatchewan Regional Chief with AFN, in partnership with the National First Nations Veterans Association, he spearheaded the national compensation package for First Nations Veterans and their spouses.
During his time as Chief of the FSIN, he negotiated and signed the 25-year gaming framework agreement between the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Province of Saskatchewan, which resulted in six First Nations casinos being operated by the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA). There are now employment opportunities for more than 2,000 people across the province and direct community funding created through gaming revenues.
Chief Bellegarde recently negotiated the addition of 250 gaming machines to SIGA operations. This success created additional funding for First Nations and other community projects across Saskatchewan. And moreover, it also paved the way to erase FSIN’s significant funding cutbacks that could have seen the organization virtually dismantled. That downward financial spiral was replaced with a pathway to FSIN’s long-term financial stability. Chief Bellegarde accomplished this during his first year of leadership as FSIN Chief.
“It’s been said that if you don’t know where you are going, any path will get you there. Over my entire leadership career, I have focused on specific outcomes and measurements of success. I have every confidence I can deliver results as AFN National Chief that make a difference to the everyday lives of First Nations.”
- Chief Perry Bellegarde