|The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on work underway at the national office. More information can be found at www.afn.ca.|
Resignation of AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo resigned on May 2, 2014, stating: “This work [education] is too important and I am not prepared to be an obstacle to it or a lightning rod distracting form the kids and their potential.” The full statement is available on the AFN website at www.afn.ca or by clicking here online.
The National AFN Executive Committee acknowledged former National Chief Atleo in a written statement May 7, thanking him for his dedicated and tireless efforts to achieve change for First Nations and all of Canada. That statement is also available at www.afn.ca or by clicking here online.
The National AFN Executive met May 5-6 in Ottawa to discuss an appropriate course of action and next steps consistent with the AFN Charter.
Next Steps and Key Meetings
The work of AFN continues in priority areas as mandated by Chiefs with Regional Chiefs continuing to oversee work in their designated portfolios. At their meeting May 5-6, the AFN Executive agreed to appoint AFN Regional Chief for Quebec-Labrador Ghislain Picard as spokesperson for the Executive until such time they determine otherwise.
The AFN will convene a meeting of the Chiefs Committee on Education (CCOE) in Ottawa May 15. This is an expanded meeting that will include Chiefs and technicians not currently on the CCOE.
The AFN will also convene a Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa May 27 at the Westin Hotel. The purpose of the Special Chiefs Assembly is to:
- confirm an approach going forward on Bill C-33 and First Nations education; and
- to make a decision on the timing and location of the election for National Chief.
More information and details on both meetings are still being finalized and will be provided as soon as possible, including at www.afn.ca.