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First Nations leaders and delegates to gather virtually Tuesday and Wednesday for the 41st AFN Annual General Assembly

on December 7, 2020

(Ottawa, ON) – For the first time, hundreds of First Nations Chiefs, leaders, Elders and youth are gathering virtually on December 8-9, 2020 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA). This year’s theme, “All Our Relations: Emerging Stronger Together”, sets the tone as COVID-19 leads First Nations through a challenging, unprecedented year.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde will deliver his opening address on December 8, at approximately 11:00 a.m. (EST). The AGA will feature discussion and decision-making on key priorities for First Nations, such as COVID-19, the UN Declaration, systemic racism, infrastructure, among other topics.

In addition, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address Chiefs across Canada at the event on December 9, at 4:15 p.m. (EST).

On the evening of December 8, starting at 7:00 p.m. (EST), delegates will hear from federal representatives including:

  • Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
  • David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
  • Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety

To see the provisional agenda, and find updates and information on the 2020 AGA, please visit the AGA website: https://www.afn.ca/2020-annual-general-assembly.
Media accreditation is required. We encourage media to register through Angie Turner at [email protected].

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

For more information please contact:
Karen Joyner
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 (cell)
[email protected]

Sid LeeFirst Nations leaders and delegates to gather virtually Tuesday and Wednesday for the 41st AFN Annual General Assembly