All Our Relations:Emerging Stronger Together

In accordance to the Charter of the Assembly of First Nations and the By-laws of the National Indian Brotherhood, an Annual Assembly is to be held in June or July of every year.  Due to the pandemic, the July 2020 Assembly had to be postponed.  We are now planning to host an Annual Assembly in December to meet our obligations under the Charter and the By-laws.  This meeting will be hosted virtually to ensure the safety and well being of the Chiefs across Canada.

Please note that the Chime site you used to view the AGA will continue to be open until March 8, 2021 if you would like to refer to the assembly.  All documents, bios, and recording of the AGA can be viewed until then.

https://afn-aga-2020.can.chime.live

Virtual Platform Walkthrough Videos

Agenda

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Registration Package

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AFN Conference Booklet

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Online Voting Framework

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Location

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly (AGA) will be held virtually (on-line/telephone).  You will need access to a computer with high-speed internet or telephone/mobile phone.

Forum Agenda

Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Day One

Start time 10:45 a.m. E.S.T

10:45 a.m. E.S.T
Virtual Grand Entry – Eagle River Singers

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Prayer – Elder Josee Whiteduck

Territorial Welcome- Chief Dylan Whiteduck,
Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg

Regional Welcome- Regional Chief Roseanne Archibald,
Chiefs of Ontario

National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Updates: Tri-Council
1. Elders Council
2. Youth Council
3. Women’s Council

12:10 p.m E.ST
Adoption of Rules and Procedures
Adoption of Agenda

12:40 p.m E.ST
Appointment of Chief Electoral Officer

1:00 p.m E.S.T – BREAK

1:30 p.m E.ST
Audited Financial Statements
1. AFN/NIB
2. NIB Trust

Resolutions Update

2:00 p.m E.S.T
Plenary Session – Charter Renewal
Discussion and Resolutions
AFN Regional Update- Regional Chief Kevin Hart

2:50 pm. E.S.T – BREAK

3:05 p.m.E.S.T
Plenary Session – Health and COVID-19
Discussion and Resolutions AFN
Regional Update- Regional Chief Bobby Cameron

3:55 pm. E.S.T – BREAK

4:15 p.m.E.S.T
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

4:45 p.m.E.S.T
Resolutions and Discussion on Health and COVID-19
AFN Regional Update- Regional Chief Ghislain Picard
Resolutions and Discussion on Health and COVID-19
Regional Update- Regional Chief Paul J. Prosper

6:00 p.m.E.S.T
Plenary Session – Taxation

7:00 PM E.S.T. END OF DAY ONE

DAY ONE EVENING EVENT

7:00 p.m. E.S.T
Ministers Address and Q+A

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

9:30 PM E.S.T. END

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Day Two

Start time 10:45 a.m. E.S.T

10:45 a.m. E.S.T
Opening of Day Two

11:15 a.m. E.S.T
Plenary Session- The United Nations Declaration on the
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Resolutions and Discussion – The United Nations Declaration
AFN Regional Update- Regional Chief Paul J. Prosper

12:05 p.m. E.S.T
Plenary Session- Specific Claims
Resolutions and Discussion – Specific Claims
AFN Regional Update – Regional Chief Marlene Poitras

12:45 p.m. E.S.T – BREAK

1:15 p.m. E.S.T
Plenary Session: Policing and Justice
AFN Regional Update – Regional Chief Roger Augustine
Resolutions and Discussion – Rights and Justice
AFN Regional Update – Regional Chief Norman Yakelaya

3:25 p.m. E.S.T – BREAK

3:40 p.m. E.S.T
AFN Regional Update- Regional Chief Kluane Adamek
Resolutions and Discussion – Environment, Infrastructure
and Social Development
AFN Regional Update- Regional Chief Terry Teegee

4:55 p.m. E.S.T – BREAK

5:25 p.m. E.S.T
Closing Remarks by National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Closing Ceremonies

6:00 PM E.S.T. END OF DAY TWO

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Registration

Due to technical requirements all Assembly delegates must pre-register to receive the log-in information. The deadline to register is December 4, 2020 by 5:00pm EDT.

Where does your registration fee go?

Chiefs from across the country generally come together twice a year to set strategic direction based on First Nations needs and priorities. The Chiefs Assemblies provide the venue for First Nations leaders to direct the work of the Assembly of First Nations, the National Chief and Executive Committee through resolution. It is just one way First Nations leaders bring forward the concerns and priorities of First Nations members.

Registration fees help to offset the direct costs of organizing Chiefs Assemblies, including equipment, interpretation services, registration services, facilitators, and drum group.

Registration Process

All participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register by December 4.

  • Register and pay ONLINE at afn.ca. You will receive a confirmation email and receipt. Major credit cards accepted (VISA, MasterCard and American Express).
  • FAX your registration form to Angie Turner at 613-241-5808.
  • MAIL your registration form and payment to Angie Turner, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600, Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5.

Registration forms and payment must be received by December 4, 2020, to ensure processing prior to the Assembly. After this date, please register on site with your payment.

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable after December 4, 2020. An administration fee of $50 will apply for all cancellations.

Please note that this is a VIRTUAL ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY.  You will have to indicate if you will be joining by phone or computer.  Here are the steps and what is required from you before you get access.

  1. By Phone

All Participants

  • Once you have pre-registered you will be emailed a call-in number prior to the Assembly.

Voting Chiefs/Proxies

  • Voting Chiefs and Proxies will be required to present valid photo identification (front and back) upon registration.  For security reasons we ask that you DO NOT send ID via email.  Please upload through our on-line registration system or contact [email protected] for further assistance.
  • Voting Chiefs and Proxies will be required to present a registration code when calling in to vote. This will be emailed to you prior to the assembly.

2. By Computer

All Participants

  • You will have to submit an email address so that a link and password can be sent to you. Note this email must be used to log into the AGA

Voting Chiefs/Proxies

  • Voting Chiefs and Proxies will be required to present valid photo identification (front and back) upon registration.  For security reasons we ask that you DO NOT send ID via email.  Please upload through our on-line registration system or contact [email protected] for further assistance.

Registration Fees

Chief/Proxy (proxy letter required) – $0
First Nation Citizen – $200
Observer and Non-Government Organization – $400
Other Governments – $400
Senior Citizen (age 65 and older) – $50
Student (valid student card required) – $50
Veteran – Complimentary
Elder – Complimentary
Accredited Media – Complimentary

Resolutions

Resolutions for consideration at the Annual General Assembly must be submitted to AFN by October 30, 2020. Please contact Khamarie Desjarlais at 613-241-6789, ext. 151 or [email protected] for more information on the resolutions process.

Documents and Resources

Sector Videos

Amber PottsDirector of Research and Policy

Will David, Director of Lands, Territories, and Resources

Jon Thompson, Director of Social Development

Stuart Wuttke, Director of Legal Department

Tonio Sadik, Director of Environment

Renee St. Germain, Acting Director of Education

Judy Whiteduck, Director of Economic Development

Irving Leblanc, Director of Water, Housing, Infrastructure, and Emergency Services

Addie Pryce, Director of Health

Ken Paul, Director of Fisheries

Julia Stockdale Otárola, Acting Director of Languages

Executive Updates

Norman Yakeleya, Regional Chief Northwest Territories

Paul Prosper, Regional Chief Nova Scotia & Newfoundland

RoseAnne Archibald, Regional Chief Ontario

Marlene Poitras, Regional Chief Alberta

Bobby Cameron, Regional Chief Saskatchewan

Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief Quebec

Terry Teegee, Regional Chief British Columbia

Kluane Adamek, Regional Chief Yukon

Issues Updates

Resources

Sponsors

The First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) will be hosting a Side-Session on December 8, 2020

Plan Your First Nations’ Financial Future

Discover tools your First Nation can leverage, at no cost, in planning your First Nations Financial Future. Learn how to build or enhance strong finance and administrative governance practices. Hear examples from other First Nations leaders as they achieved success in implementing strong economic and social development plans.  Find out how to access affordable long-term capital. 

Date: December 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM EST – 10:30 AM EST
Cost: no charge to attendees

Registration link to join the session :
https://fnfmb.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_is3h5lDrQN6wHeGD-W6u_w

Please contact Karen Hunter at [email protected] or 613-241-6789 ext. 203 if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the Annual General Assembly.

Contacts:

AGA 2020 Coordinator

Joyce McDougall
Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext.199
(please leave a message)
Fax: 613-241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

AGA 2020 – Registration Inquiries

Angie Turner
Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext.296
(please leave a message)
Fax: 613-241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you!

Celso Cercado2020 Annual General Assembly