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National Water Symposium and Trade Show 2018

on December 14, 2017

Reconciliation Through
Sustainable Water Management

Access to safe water and proper sanitation is a human right. Most importantly it is our inherent right to the use and protection of our waters and lands. The protection of water and all living beings that depend on it is the sacred responsibility entrusted to us by the Creator. First Nations have called for the repeal of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act and the Assembly of First Nations now has the opportunity to facilitate discussion with First Nations in conceptualizing, elaborating, designing and implementing a re-envisioned engagement process for the review of the current Act. This Symposium will be the beginning of that dialogue and will seek input on how that should be accomplished.

February 6-8, 2018 ~ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Registration Package

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Registration

To facilitate registration, all participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay.

Register and check in for the Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, on Monday, February 5, 2018, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM to be eligible for a great prize.

Register On-line Registration Form

Registration forms and payment must be received by January 26, 2018.  An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to January 19, 2018; registration fees are non-refundable after January 19, 2018.

Please make cheques payable to the National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, National Water Symposium, assembly of First Nations, by mail to 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, ottawa, ON, K1P 6l5, by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to tcote@afn.ca.

Fees

$224 ($200 plus applicable taxes) First Nation Delegate Registration Fee
$560 ($500 plus applicable taxes) Corporate/Government Official Delegate Registration Fee

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274  with any questions regarding registration.

Accomodations

HOST HOTEL: FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER

Our host hotel for the Symposium is the Fairmont hotel Vancouver at 900 W. Georgia Street.  The rate is $199/night plus applicable taxes.

Reservations:
Call Fairmont Reservations
Phone: 1-800-441-1414
Block Code: 0218AFNW

Trade Show

Please note that there are a limited number of trade Show booths available for the Symposium. The registration fee for a trade Show booth is $1,344.00. To obtain a registration form or more information on the trade Show, please contact Larry Whiteduck by phone at 613.241.6789, ext. 237 or by email at lwhiteduck@afn.ca.

Exhibitor Booth Fee: $1,344.00 (includes applicable taxes)

Includes:

  • One (1) booth space
  • One (1) table and two (2) chairs
  • Two (2) registration passes
Registration Form

Travel Discounts

There are some discounts that can be accessed on air Canada and Westjet airlines. For the applicable codes, please email your request to our Symposium email address at 2018watersymposium@afn.ca.

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Ottawa Airport to the Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy is $45.00.*

Event Information
Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 20 to 22, 2018

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: 8FQHMX91

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins February 19 2018 and ends February 23 2018.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet
Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel needs. WestJet is pleased to offer you a 10% discount on applicable fares by utilizing coupon code UFUHOA5 with our simple online booking process. The discount is valid across WestJet’s extensive network for flights in to and out of Ottawa.

Booking details
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com; travel agents may visit www.westjet.com/agentweblink to book. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

– Coupon code must be entered at the time of booking – on the first step of a reservation using the Book a flight widget on westjet.com.
– The 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
– The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
– The discount applies to the following travel period: February 19th 2018 to February 23rd 2018
– The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

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Porter
Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from February 19th to 23th 2018.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.

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Via Rail Canada
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “First Nations Directors of Education Forum”

We are pleased to be a participant and would like to thank you for including VIA Rail Canada.

The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 19th to 23rd 2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Ottawa Airport to the Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy is $45.00.*

Event Information
Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 20 to 22, 2018

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: 8FQHMX91

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins February 19 2018 and ends February 23 2018.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet
Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel needs. WestJet is pleased to offer you a 10% discount on applicable fares by utilizing coupon code UFUHOA5 with our simple online booking process. The discount is valid across WestJet’s extensive network for flights in to and out of Ottawa.

Booking details
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com; travel agents may visit www.westjet.com/agentweblink to book. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

– Coupon code must be entered at the time of booking – on the first step of a reservation using the Book a flight widget on westjet.com.
– The 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
– The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
– The discount applies to the following travel period: February 19th 2018 to February 23rd 2018
– The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

**************************************************

Porter
Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from February 19th to 23th 2018.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.

***************************************************

Via Rail Canada
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “First Nations Directors of Education Forum”

We are pleased to be a participant and would like to thank you for including VIA Rail Canada.

The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 19th to 23rd 2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.

Call for Presenters

Symposium attendees will include: First Nations leadership from across Canada; water technicians, Public Works department staff, other infrastructure technicians from First Nation communities; and, Consultants, Government officials and non-governmental entities with an interest in First Nation water issues.

Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

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Sponsors

As part of the event, the AFN is hosting a Trade Show, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your innovative products and interact with First Nation leadership, administrators, public works technicians, non-governmental organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

PLATINUM $25,000
GOLD $15,000
SILVER $10,000

Learn More

If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor for the AFN National Water Symposium and Trade Show, please send an email outlining your interest to: 2018watersymposium@afn.ca

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: tcote@afn.ca

General Inquiries
E-mail: 2018watersymposium@afn.ca
Phone: 1-866-869-6789

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Presenters

on September 25, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

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Trade Show

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Trade Show

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.  It will be an opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Participant input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

The tradeshow is an excellent opportunity to showcase your Housing and Infrastructure products and interact with  First Nation leadership, band administrators, public works and housing managers, technicians, organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

The Tradeshow also invites you to highlight trending approaches to Micro or “Tiny” homes. This is an area that is of emerging interest with First Nations.

Please note that there are a limited number of Trade Show booths available for the Forum and the registration fee for a Trade Show booth is $1,379.70.

Registration for the Tradeshow is now open.  Please contact Mike Cote at mcote@afn.ca or by telephone at 613.241.6789 extension 230 to obtain more information.

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Accommodations

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Accommodations

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W.

The rate is $219/night plus applicable taxes.

Hotel Reservations: Call 1-800-441-1414 quoting Block Code: AFN1017 or online at the following hotel link:
Assembly of First Nations – Housing Conference

DEADLINE: Room rate available only until Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Sponsors

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2017 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show, please indicate your interest by email to 2017housinginfrastructureforum@afn.ca

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Registration

on September 21, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Registration

AVOID THE REGISTRATION LINE UP!

Register and check in for the Forum at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, by Sunday, October 29, 2017, between 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM and be eligible for a great prize.

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274 with any questions regarding registration.

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National Housing and Infrastructure Forum

on September 21, 2017

“Moving Towards First Nations Care and Control of Housing and Infrastructure”

Live Webcast

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.

The Forum will be your opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Your input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

Agenda

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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, Québec

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: tcote@afn.ca

Tradeshow Inquiries
Mike Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 230
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: mcote@afn.ca

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Suicide Prevention Day by Focusing on ‘Culture for Life’ to Promote Health and Wellness

on September 8, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 by focusing on culture as a way to promote life and wellness, shifting the focus from ‘suicide prevention’ to ‘life promotion.’ Part of this effort involves a social media campaign called ‘Culture for Life’, encouraging First Nations youth to share how they are connecting to their culture.

“As First Nations people, we have endured a great deal but through this long history our cultures, spirituality and the knowledge of our Elders have sustained us with strength, guidance and healing,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “We are all on the journey to wellness together, rebuilding the foundation of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Let’s support our languages, let’s support our traditions and let’s support one another in connecting to our cultures.”

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, chair of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Health said that many First Nation leaders are working to eliminate suicide in their communities, difficult work that requires an “all of government” approach, and an “all of community” effort.

“Reaching into our communities, encouraging our people to reach out when they need it most is Life Promotion in action,” said Regional Chief Day. “The more that we can create opportunity, safety and security in our communities, the more our people will feel hope and the more our people will choose life. Our greatest gains in saving lives will be made by embracing our cultures, our languages and by connecting to the life-essence of the land.”

This year, AFN partnered with Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and First Peoples Wellness Circle to promote ‘Culture for Life’, a social media campaign for First Nations youth that encouraged them to highlight the strength that is gained through culture. First Nations youth were asked to send pictures, stories or videos in advance of September 10 to participate describing how they use culture to promote wellness and life. All submissions can be viewed at the www.cultureforlife.ca website.

Carol Hopkins, Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation said, “What the Creator gave to us in the beginning as First Nations was given forever and all time – our languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge are the foundation of what gives us hope for tomorrow, a sense of belonging within the world, meaning for life, and purpose for what we do. It’s up to all of us to ensure youth have access to all that will give them hope, belonging, meaning and purpose.”

Dr. Brenda M Restoule, Chair of the First Peoples Wellness Circle stated, “The strength and resiliency of First Nations people is within our culture, our languages and our worldview. Our cultural practices, teaching and ceremonies all hold the truths to living a good life – ‘mino-biimadzawin’. When we connect to our culture we connect to the knowledge of our ancestors. As family and community we all have a responsibility to support youth to connect, connect with their gifts, their strengths, their knowledge, their culture. When they have this they have hope, belonging, meaning and purpose – keys to wellness.”

 The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

 The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a national organization representing First Nations in Canada in mental wellness.  Follow Thunderbird on Twitter @ThunderbirdPF

 First Peoples Wellness Circle is a national organization in Canada representing First Peoples in mental wellness. Follow First Peoples on Twitter @FPWellnessC

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 222
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-292-0857 (cell)
agaron@afn.ca

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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Culture for Life

on August 21, 2017

How?

Send in a photo or video of yourself connecting with your culture (fishing, cooking a feast, attending a gathering, etc).

Share the power of culture through any medium (drawings/paintings/poetry/ photos/videos). Show the world how creative you are!

Share how your culture promotes your own wellness, and LIFE!

Submission Form

When?

Send your submission to cultureforlife@afn.ca by September 5th. All those that submit before the deadline and are twenty-five and under will be entered to win an iPad! *Include your age and contact information with your submission to be entered

Your submission will reach other youth across the country via AFN and Thunderbird Partnership Foundation social media and cultureforlife.ca

My Culture. My Life.

Message from National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Message from Regional Chief Isadore Day

Connect with culture for life

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