AFN Chief calls for reform in justice system

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde addressed police leaders from across Canada at a national conference Thursday, calling for a First Nations Justice System.

Bellegarde said immediate efforts are needed to ensure safety and security for First Nations and urged police to use the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guide to reconciliation.

Bellegarde said police services must commit to real change and understand a flawed justice system and systemic problems can potentially hold indigenous people back from success.

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