The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening the 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) hosted in Toronto, Ontario, Territory of Six Nations of Grand River and Treaty Lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (Toronto Purchase, Treaty No. 13), and taking place virtually July 6-8, 2021.

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 a venue for First Nations leaders to direct the work of the AFN, the National Chief and Executive Committee through resolutions. It is just one way First Nations leaders bring forward concerns and priorities of First Nations members.

In accordance with the Charter of the Assembly of First Nations and the By-laws of the National Indian Brotherhood, an Annual General Assembly is to be held in June or July of every year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in-person gathering restrictions, the July 2021 Annual General Assembly will be hosted virtually to ensure the safety of First Nations leadership and other attendees.

The AFN AGA and National Chief Election will be held virtually (on-line/telephone). Access to a computer with high-speed internet or telephone/mobile phone will be required.

Please contact us if you have accessibility issues.

Agenda

Tuesday July 6, 2021

10:45 AM EDT – Assembly Room (virtual)

  • Grand Entry
  • Opening Prayer – Knowledge Keepers Norma General-Lickers, Six Nations of Grand River and
  • Garry Sault, Mississaugas of the Credit
  • Welcome by Host Officials – Chief Mark Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River and Chief R. Stacey
    LaForme, Mississaugas of the Credit
  • Territorial Welcome – Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare
  • National Chief Perry Bellegarde Address
  • Honouring of National Chief Perry Bellegarde

12:45 PM EDT

  • Adoption of Rules of Procedures for Assemblies
  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Resolution DR-01 Delaying the Election of National Chief
  • Audited Financial Statements
    o AFN / NIB – Anne-Marie Ethier, Deloitte
    o NIB Trust, Naomi Racette, Executive Director and Keith Martell, Chair

Wellness Break

2:15 PM EDT

  • Adoption of Rules of Procedures for Assemblies
  • Adoption of Agenda
  • Resolution DR-01 Delaying the Election of National Chief
  • Audited Financial Statements
    o AFN / NIB – Anne-Marie Ethier, Deloitte
    o NIB Trust, Naomi Racette, Executive Director and Keith Martell, ChairMoment of
    Silence – honouring the children who went missing or died while at Indian Residential
    Schools – Regional Chief Norman Yakeleya, Portfolio and Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir,
    Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Splatsin First Nation, Cowessess
    First Nation
  • Emergency Resolutions
  • ER-01 – Demanding Justice and Accountability for the Missing and Unidentified Children of
    Residential Schools
  • ER-02- Preliminary Examination of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
  • Charter Renewal Resolutions – Bonnie Leonard and Kasey Gottfriedson

Wellness Break

5:00 PM EDT

  • All Candidates Forum – Introduction of Chief Electoral Officer Ron Laufer

Wednesday July 7, 2021

9:00 AM EDT – Assembly Room (virtual)

  • AFN Election for National Chief Opens
    o Opening remarks by Chief Electoral Officer

Wellness Break

2:00 PM EDT

  • Registration for Election Closes

3:00 PM EDT

  • End of First Ballot Voting

4:00 PM EDT

  • Results of First Ballot Voting

Wellness Break

5:00 PM EDT

  • *Subsequent ballots may be required. The Chief Electoral Officer will indicate times as needed.
    Following the Election:
    Oath of Office Ceremony for the Newly Elected National Chief

Wednesday, July 7: AFN Circle of Trade Virtual Exchange from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm EDT

Thursday July 8, 2021

10:45 AM EDT – Assembly Room (virtual)

(*note: additional ballots may take place at the beginning of Day 3)

  • Opening Remarks by National Chief
  • Quad Councils Reports
    – Knowledge Keepers Council – Chair, Knowledge Keeper Eldon Bernard
    – Women’s Council – Chair, Chief Connie Big-Eagle
    – National Youth Council – Co-Chairs: Rosalie Labillois and Taylor Behn-Tsakoza
    – Veterans Council – Representative, Tim O’Loan
  • AGA Resolutions 2020 Update – Trisha Delormier, Vice President, Strategic Policy Integration
  • Honouring of Front Line Workers
  • COVID Task Force Report – Addie Pryce, Health Director
  • In Memoriam

Wellness Break

12:45 PM EDT

  • Resolutions

4:30 PM EDT

  • Closing Remarks by National Chief
  • Closing Prayer
  • Closing Ceremony

Regional Chiefs’ and AFN Sectors’ Update Videos to be played intermittently

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Registration

Please note that there is no registration fee for this Assembly. Registration forms must be submitted as soon as possible to ensure processing prior to the Assembly.
  • Register ONLINE at meetings.afn.ca to receive a confirmation email.
  • FAX registration forms to Angie Turner at 613-241-5808.
  • MAIL registration forms to Angie Turner, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600, Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5.

Please note that this is a VIRTUAL ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Please indicate if you will be joining by phone or computer. See below steps for access.

Voting Members

  • Chiefs and Proxies will be required to upload Government Issued Photo Identification (Status Card, Drivers License, Passport, etc).
  • Chiefs and Proxies will be required to provide a Status Card Number (or equivalent), email address and phone number. This information will be used for authentication purposes for the Election of the National Chief.
  • Proxies will need to upload a Proxy letter signed by the Chief.
  • Chiefs and Proxies will be emailed a Zoom link (private link for Chiefs and Proxies ONLY) or teleconference number (private number for Chiefs and Proxies ONLY) prior to the AGA.

Non-voting Members

  • All participants will be required to provide an email address and phone number.
  • All participants will be emailed links to access a Zoom webinar (viewing access ONLY) or teleconference number (audio ONLY) prior to the AGA.
Register On-line Registration Package
* For Security reasons we ask that you DO NOT send photo identification via email.  Please upload through our on-line registration system or contact [email protected] for further assistance.

Election Procedures

The Chief Electoral Officer will be using Simply Voting to tabulate on-line and phone-in votes for the Election of National Chief.

To cast a ballot as a registered Chief or proxy, you will need your status card number (or equivalent) and pin code. Registered Chiefs and proxies will receive an email from Simply Voting prior to the AGA that will include their voting pin code. Another email with a link to the ballot (and the same pin code) will be sent when voting opens at 9:00 AM ET on July 7.

We encourage you to register early so that the appropriate steps can be taken to record your vote on election day.

If you do not have access to the internet during voting, you may use a telephone to cast your ballot and will enter your status card number (or equivalent) and pin code to access the ballot on the phone.

For more information about the election process and to try a “mock up” election to ensure you’re comfortable with how the voting will work, visit the AFN elections website:

AFN Election 2021

Ron Laufer

AFN Chief Electoral Officer
Phone: 604-241-6789 ext. 160
[email protected]

Resolutions

Resolutions for consideration at the Annual General Assembly must be submitted to AFN by May 28, 2021. Please contact [email protected] for more information on the resolutions process.

Resolutions will be carried out using a combination of Zoom polls and phone-in votes. Preliminary results will be available after each resolution however full results (tabulated from both the Zoom polls and the phone-in votes) will be verified and announced at the end of each day.

Documents and Resources

Videos:

Drum songs

Welcome to the territory

Opening & Closing Prayer

Elders:

Garry Sault – Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation

Norma General Lickers – Six Nations

Regional Chief Glen Hare

Quad Councils

Regional Chiefs

Financial

AFN Branch and Sector Updates

AFN Charter Renewal

COVID-19

44th Federal Election

Watch this video from Elections Canada for details for First Nations on the next federal election:

Helpful links are also available here, with details on:

  • Increased voting options due to COVID-19
  • Voter checklist
  • Election job opportunities
  • Voter registration

This information is also available in a number of Indigenous languages.

Circle of Trade Virtual Exchange

The Assembly of First Nations is looking forward to hosting a virtual option for the 2021 Annual General Assembly Circle of Trade Virtual Exchange that will provide delegates a unique networking opportunity to connect with businesses and organizations across Turtle Island. Please join us as we welcome First Nations and non-Indigenous exhibitors showcase their products, services and other work through the Circle of Trade Virtual Exchange website and Zoom Video Conferencing.

Learn More

Contacts

AGA Registration Inquiries

Angie Turner
Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext. 296
Fax: 613-241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

AGA Coordinator

Joyce McDougall
Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext. 199
Fax: 613-241-5808
E-mail: [email protected]

Communications and Media

Kelly Reid – Communications Officer
Telephone: 613-292-0857
E-mail: [email protected]

Lori Kittelberg – Communications Officer
Telephone: 604-340-3117
E-mail: [email protected]

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