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Annual General Assembly – July 15-17, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
The 35th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA) took place in Mi’kmaq territory Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 15 – 17, 2014. More than 1,100 First Nation leaders, Elders and youth gathered to address priority issues and set direction and strategy for the coming weeks and months.Annual General Assembly – July 15-17, 2014 – Halifax, Nova Scotia
The AFN AGA was preceded by a National Youth Summit that took place in Halifax on Sunday, July 13 and a Confederacy of Nations meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014.
During the three-day Assembly, 302 Chiefs-in-Assembly passed 33 resolutions in priority areas, including a commitment to fully review the way the AFN is structured and operates to ensure it evolves and adapts as First Nations rebuild their nations and assert their sovereignty and jurisdiction. Other resolutions provided direction on Treaty implementation, engaging on First Nations control of First Nations education respecting regional approaches, needs and diversity, funding for post-secondary education, appointment of a Chiefs Committee on hydraulic fracturing, reconciliation and justice for survivors of residential schools, among others. All resolutions are available at www.afn.ca or directly at this link: http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/resolutions/afn_aga_2014_resolutions.pdf.
Chiefs-in-Assembly also decided the next election for AFN National Chief will take place at a Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg, Manitoba from December 9 – 11, 2014. Chiefs also appointed Quebec/Labrador Regional Chief Ghislain Picard to the role of National Chief until the 2014 election.
The AGA Host Committee organized a number of successful cultural events, including an evening Gala dinner. AGA delegates stood united in a Circle of Hope, demanding action to end violence against missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and reiterated calls for a National Public Commission of Inquiry. A blanket dance was held for Marlene Bird, a victim of violence in Saskatchewan, and $4,508 was raised for her care and treatment.
Watch for regular updates regarding the December 2014 AFN election for National Chief.