First Nations from Across Canada to Gather in Ottawa for AFN Special Chiefs Assembly

on December 4, 2011

December 2, 2011

First Nation leaders from across Canada will gather in Ottawa December 6-8, 2011 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly.  Under the theme “Realizing our Rights: Unlocking our Economies”, hundreds of First Nation Chiefs, youth and Elders from across the country will meet to engage on strategy and action to address the priorities facing First Nation citizens and communities.  

AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will deliver opening remarks to the Assembly Tuesday morning.  His address to Chiefs will focus on achieving real change required for First Nation communities across Canada, specifically in light of the current housing crisis in Attawapiskat and other First Nations in Canada.

Tuesday December 6, 2011

10:00 a.m.National Chief Atleo Opening AddressMEDIA AVAILABILITY TO FOLLOW DIRECTLY AFTER REMARKS – Canada Hall

Ottawa Convention Centre, Canada Hall  55 Colonel By Drive  Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

The Assembly follows the December 1st announcement by National Chief Atleo and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to host the first-ever Crown-First Nation Gathering January 24, 2012 – something First Nation leaders called for last year and Prime Minister Harper committed to last December.  

Other highlights of the Assembly include a Parliamentary Reception for Assembly delegates, Chiefs, Members of Parliament and international representatives.  A full agenda of the AFN Annual General Assembly is available at  

Media are invited to register on-site beginning Tuesday December 6. There is no fee for media.  Reporters are asked to provide appropriate identification onsite.

The Assembly of First Nation is the national organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @NCAtleo, @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

For more information please contact:

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer (613) 292-0857 or [email protected]
Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer (613) 314-8157 or [email protected]

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