The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening the 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) hosted in Toronto, Ontario and taking place virtually July 6-8, 2021. The election of National Chief will take place during the virtual AGA, with votes cast online or by phone on July 7, 2021. This year’s theme is Building Our Future with a focus on maintaining the momentum of progress and on the action required to rebuild from a pandemic.

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.

Forum Agenda

Monday July 22, 2019

Pre-Assembly

8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Golf Tournament

12 pm – 8 pm
Pre-Registration

2 pm – 3:30 pm
Concurrent Dialogue Sessions

3:30 pm – 5 pm
Concurrent Dialogue Sessions

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Social/Cultural Expressions Showcase and Concert

Tuesday July 23, 2019

Assembly Day 1

6 am
Pipe Ceremony (Weather Dependent)

6:30 am – 8:00 am
Water Ceremony (Weather Dependent)

7:30 am – 5 pm
Registration

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Regional Caucus Sessions – Crown Plaza Hotel – 659 Queen Street

8 am – 5 pm
AFN Circle of Trade

8:30 am
Grand Entry

9 am – 11 am
Opening Ceremonies

11 am
Procedure

AFN And NIB Trust Audited Financial Statements

12 pm
Lunch

1:30 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

3 pm – 5 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

Wednesday July 24, 2019

Assembly Day 2

6:30 am
Pipe Ceremony

7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Registration

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Regional Caucus Sessions – Crown Plaza Hotel – 659 Queen Street

9 am – 5 pm
AFN Circle of Trade

10:30 am
MMIWG Final Report

12 pm – 1pm
Lunch

12 pm – 1pm
PowWow/Round Dance

1 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

2:45 pm – 5 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

6 pm – 9 pm
Gala Dinner 

9 pm – 11 pm
After Party Dance/After Burner – Delta Ballroom

Thursday July 25, 2019

Assembly Day 3

6:30 am
Pipe Ceremony

7:30 am – 12 pm
Registration

7:30 am – 8:15 am
Regional Caucus Sessions – Crown Plaza Hotel – 659 Queen Street

9 am – 1:30 pm
Trade Show

9:00 am
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolution 

11:50 am
Remembering Video

12 pm – 1pm
Lunch

1 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

2:45 pm – 4 pm
Plenary Session – Discussion and Resolutions

4 pm
Closing Ceremonies

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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.

Call for Resolutions 3rd Draft Resolutions Template

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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