AFN chief urges native men to help protect women

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Perry Bellegarde is a Canadian First Nations and Métis activist and politician, who was elected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations last year. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail) Perry Bellegarde is a Canadian First Nations and Métis activist and politician, who was elected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations last year. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail)

BY KATHRYN BLAZE CARLSON

The head of the Assembly of First Nations is imploring native men who have “lost their way” to help prevent the deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women – a tragic reality he says all Canadians must confront, no matter how uncomfortable.

Aboriginal men must address deep-seated issues stemming from the Indian Residential School system, including addiction and cycles of violence, National Chief Perry Bellegarde told The Globe and Mail on Monday.

“When they come out of that system, they’re not healthy, they’re not well, and they’ve lost their way,” Mr. Bellegarde said, adding that men and their families need better access to wellness centres and treatment programs. “What is the role of men? They’re supposed…

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