(Lheidli T’enneh Territory, Prince George, BC – July 8, 2021) – Despite a mounting number of emergencies, Chiefs representing First Nations communities across British Columbia gathered online for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 42nd Annual General Assembly. The AFN presented key updates and conducted urgent business, including electing a new National Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, the first woman to hold the office in the history of the organization.
“I would like to warmly welcome our new National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, and congratulate her on being the first woman elected to the position. I would also like to wish the former National Chief Perry Bellegarde well and good fortune as he moves forward to build new opportunities,” said BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee. “I congratulate him on the good work he did for many years at the Assembly of First Nations. BC Chiefs, and leaders look forward to working with new leadership to strengthen relationships and press harder for change and transformations in every sector,” he continued.
Early efforts to delay the AFN National Chief election through draft Resolution 03/2021 did not pass. Many Chiefs and leaders from British Columbia argued for the resolution with growing and devastating wildfires in the province after an extreme and deadly heatwave. In addition, First Nations communities continue to respond to the recent announcements of unmarked burials at residential school sites, which have sent shockwaves of emotion across the province, country, and world.
On the third and final day of the AGA, former Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald was elected to lead the AFN. Archibald is the first woman to be named National Chief. The BC Assembly of First Nation looks forward to working with National Chief Archibald on her vision for the Assembly of First Nations to strengthen First Nations communities, further First Nations sovereignty, jurisdiction, and inherent treaty rights.
The Assembly of First Nations advocates on behalf of First Nations on issues such as treaties, Indigenous rights, and land and resources, with the authority to review and enforce decisions and directions brought forward through resolution.
Go to the following link to view the Assembly event information: https://www.afn.ca/2021-annual-general-assembly/
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Annette Schroeter, Communications Officer.
Phone: (778) 281-1655.