The defeated candidates have an opportunity to speak, followed by the oath of office and ceremonial protocols for the new chief.
Picard: will return to work as regional chief for Quebec and Labrador.
Picard: will continue to fight governments that seek to deny treaty rights.
Jourdain: I have no regrets. Saddened that our leaders chose the corporate road over the lives of our children.
Jourdain: the decision you made today, with your eyes open, I have to respect that. I also know that this road has led us nowhere.
Jourdain: The prime minister is celebrating. This is only the beginning for me. I will push this vision in the name of what is right for our people.
Jourdain: This will haunt us all. This was a turning point for indigenous nations.
Jourdain booed as he calls the election an "Indian Act vote."
Elder Elmer Courchene is administering the oath of office to Perry Bellegarde.
Perry Bellegarde is chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and comes from the Little Black Bear First Nation -- where he has been both chief and councillor. He ran for national chief in 2009, placing second to Shawn Atleo.
Bellegarde is also Saskatchewan chief for the AFN. He was first elected as assistant tribal council representative for the Touchwood-file Hills-Qu'Appelle Tribal Council in 1986. He became a tribal council representative two years later.
Bellegarde graduated from the University of Regina with a degree in administration. He was a vice-president with the Crown Investments Corporation of Saskatchewan.
Bellegarde: thanks his nominators and calls this a humbling experience.
Bellegarde: "It's done now. Let's roll up our sleeves and get to work."
Bellegarde: "We need the energy and strength of everyone across Turtle Island."
Bellegarde: The government must recognize aboriginal rights and title. The courts have spoken.
Bellegarde is optimistic that momentum is building for a MMIW inquiry.
Bellegarde: I will fight for the teachings that unite us all. We renew sacred vows to protect land, women, children, and communities.
Canada will no longer develop pipelines, transmission lines, or any other development without our support and fair share of royalties, employment. Will not accept continuing poverty while resource companies grow rich. "It will be done on our terms, our timeline."
"Canada is Indian land." - Bellegarde