One of my tasks as the portfolio holder for health on the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee is to maintain communication with leadership and communities on the AFN’s work related to health. After the Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Halifax, which saw significant attention paid to health topics, the fall is proving to be busier than ever.
Final Week of Hearings Begins Today on AFN-Caring Society Human Rights Complaint Against Federal Government for Discrimination in First Nations Child and Family Services
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society) Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock spoke today about the urgent need for fairness for First Nations children as the final week of hearings begins into the AFN-Caring Society joint human rights complaint at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal against the federal government for discrimination against First Nations children and First Nations child and family services.
Assembly of First Nations Participates in National Aboriginal Women’s Summit, Sets Out Recommendations for Action
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Morley Googoo, together with representatives from the AFN National Women’s Council, Youth and Elders councils, will participate in the fourth National Aboriginal Women’s Summit (NAWS) taking place in Mi’kmaw territory in Membertou, Nova Scotia starting today and continuing through Wednesday.
AFN National Chief and Dr. Cindy Blackstock to Discuss Canadian Human Rights Complaint against Federal Government on First Nations Child and Family Services: Final Week of Hearings Begins Monday, October 20
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) Executive Director Dr. Cindy Blackstock will discuss their joint human rights complaint against the federal government for discrimination against First Nations children.
Assembly of First Nations Supports the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John in Asserting their First Nation Rights on their Traditional Territory
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard today gave his support to the Innu of Uashat mak Mani-utenam (QC) and Matimekush-Lac John (QC) in their battle with the multinational mining corporation IOC/Rio Tinto. The two Innu communities, located on the North Shore of Quebec, recently organized an opposition campaign to stop IOC/Rio Tinto from continuing to ignore and violate their First Nation inherent rights on their traditional territory.
Assembly of First Nations Marks National Day of Remembrance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard is encouraging people across the country to participate in Sisters In Spirit Vigils to show support and solidarity with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the call to action on missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
Assembly of First Nations Acknowledges Contributions of Aboriginal Healing Foundation Over Past 16 Years: “The Journey of Healing Must Continue and Must Be Supported”
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Ghislain Picard today acknowledged the work and contributions of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation (AHF), which announced yesterday it was dissolving after 16 years of work promoting reconciliation and supporting community-developed, community-delivered and culturally-based initiatives to address the intergenerational effects of the residential schools system.
Assembly of First Nations Calls for Full Investigation into Treatment of Tina Fontaine by Winnipeg Police and Paramedics and Demands National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis is calling for a thorough investigation into the actions of City of Winnipeg police officers who came into contact with the late Tina Fontaine within 24 hours of her disappearance and did not take her into care even though she had already been reported missing. There are reports that in addition to the police officers, paramedics had also picked up Fontaine by ambulance earlier in the day but also allowed her to leave on her own.