The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is convening the 43rd Annual General Assembly (AGA) hosted in Vancouver, British Columbia, Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh and taking place in person and virtually July 5-7, 2022 with dialogue sessions on July 4, 2022.

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.

Agenda Overview

Have you already registered to attend a Dialogue Session(s)? Please note session information has been updated.

To view the updated list, please view the provisional agenda below.

Provisional Agenda

Tuesday July 6, 2022

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, 2022

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, 2022

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

Registration

Register On-line Registration Package
PRE-REGISTRATION BONUS All Annual General Assembly delegates who participate in pre-registration on or before Monday July 4, 2022 will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a prize. Register TODAY!

Chiefs from across the country generally come together twice a year to set strategic direction based on community 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.

Fees:

  • Chief/Proxy (Proxy letter required):  Complimentary 
  • First Nation Citizen: $450.00
  • Observer and Non-Government Organization: $800.00
  • Other Governments: $800.00
  • Senior Citizen (age 65 and older): $50.00
  • Students (valid student card required): $50.00
  • Veterans: Complimentary
  • Elders: Complimentary
  • Accredited Media: Complimentary
  • Dialogue sessions ONLY Complimentary 

Where does your registration fee go?

The AFN AGA will be held in a hybrid format meaning First Nations members and leaders, and all attendees, have the option to join in-person or online. All participants are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay to avoid any delays. See below steps to register.

Registration Process

The AFN AGA will be held in a hybrid format meaning First Nations members and leaders, and all attendees, have the option to join in-person or online. All participants are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay to avoid any delays. See below steps to register.

  • Register ONLINE at afn.ca. You will receive a confirmation email. VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
  • MAIL registration forms to Tash Cote, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1600, Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5.
  • Complete the registration form included in this notice and FAX it to Tash Cote at 613-241-5808 or by email to [email protected].
  • ON-SITE pre-registration with payment will be held on Monday July 4, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. PDT at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C.

Dialogue Sessions

Dialogue sessions will be held on Monday July 4, 2022 from 10:00am - 5:30pm PDT in a hybrid format.

10:00am – 12:00pm PDT

  • Income Assistance Program Reform
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Environmental and Water Stewardship
  • UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

1:00pm – 3:00pm PDT

  • Health Legislation and Accessibility Law
  • Infrastructure
  • Specific Claims and ATR Policy Reform
  • First Nations Governance: Emergency Services Management and New Fiscal Relationship

3:00pm – 5:30pm PDT

  • First Nations Languages Funding Model
  • Fisheries Habitat
  • First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle Class Action and Compensation Update
  • First Nations Policing as an Essential Service
Register On-line Registration Package

The Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly is a public event where photography, audio and video recording may occur. By attending the event, all delegates consent to the potential release and publication of photos and audio/video recordings from the event by the Assembly of First Nations.

Travel

Indigeno Travel is the preferred travel agency of the AFN. Indigeno Travel is Indigenous-owned and its service comes complete with conference discounts, 24/7 emergency service for unforeseen flight changes, and a dedicated agent for personalized service. Please contact Indigeno, toll-free at 1-888-202-8262, or by email at [email protected] to make your flight arrangements.

Travel Discounts

AIR CANADA

This is a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the Promotion Code Box. To qualify for the Meeting and Conventions special fares, a minimum of 10 delegates is required travelling from various origins to the same destination within Air Canada’s extensive North American and international network. Customers will benefit from an instant online registration and enjoy a 10 per cent discount on eligible fares.

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Applicable Rules:

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Vancouver, YVR (B.C.)
  • The travel period begins Monday, June 27, 2022 and ends Thursday, July 14, 2022.
  • The promotional code is valid for travel on any weekday/weekend.For North America, 5% applies on standard fares, and 10% applies on flex fares & higher. For international travel, 10% applies on standard fares & higher.
  • Note all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for meeting and convention events.

WESTJET

We are happy to confirm that for the upcoming event we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online.

Coupon Code: 4O6L9TW

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Vancouver, B.C.
  • The travel period begins: June 27, 2022
  • The travel period ends: July 14, 2022

Hotel Accommodations

The AFN has blocked hotel guestrooms at the following downtown Vancouver hotels:

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver  – Cut off today
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver B.C., V6C 2W6
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/afnhvc
Rate: Standard Room single/double occupancy $295.00/night
Cut-off date: June 10, 2022 PDT

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel – SOLD OUT
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver B.C., V6C 3L5
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/50328890
Rate: Standard Room $309.00/night
Cut-off date: June 6, 2022 PDT

Hyatt Regency – SOLD OUT
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver B.C., V6C 3L5
Reservations: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/YVRRV/G-FNGA
Telephone: 1-800-233-1234
Rate: Standard Room Single/Double Occupancy $359.00/night
Cut-off date: June 6, 2022 PDT

Fairmont Pacific Rim – SOLD OUT
1038 Canada Place, Vancouver B.C.
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/afnvpr
Rate: Standard room with single/double occupancy – $395.00/night
Cut-off date: June 10, 2022 PDT

Fairmont Waterfront – SOLD OUT
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver B.C., V6C 3L5
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/afnwfc
Rate: City view room – $315.00/night, water view room – $365.00/night
Cut-off date: June 10, 2022 PDT

Marriott Pinnacle – Extended to June 23
1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver B.C., V6E 4R5
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/50327831
Telephone: 1 (800) 207-4150
Rate: Standard occupancy room – $309.00/night
Cut-off date: June 2, 2022 PDT

Metropolitan Hotel – Extended to June 23
645 Howe Street, Vancouver B.C., V6C 2Y9
Reservations: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1653070683803&key=GRP
Telephone: 1 (866) 999-0798
Rate: Standard Room Occupancy $339.00/night
Cut-off Date: June 10, 2022 PDT

Delta Hotels Downtown Suites – Extended to June 17
550 West Hastings Street, Vancouver B.C., V6B 1L6
Reservations: https://www.marriott.com/events/start.mi?id=1649781472107&key=GRP
Telephone: 1-844-254-5048
Promotion code: AFN
Link: Book your group rate for AFN 2022 AGA
Rate: Standard room – $329/night plus taxes/fees for single or double occupancy, triple occupancy – $339/night and quad occupancy – $429/night
Cut-off date: June 17, 2022 PDT

The Westin Bayshore – Extended to June 17
1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver B.C., V6G 2V4
Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/e/50328767
Telephone: 1 (800) 937-8461
Rate: Standard occupancy room – $359.00
Cut-off Date: June 8, 2022 PDT

For all hotel reservations, please indicate that you are with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly- (AGA). Delegates are encouraged to make hotel reservations by the noted date to ensure accommodations are available at the price listed. Vancouver is expected to be very busy in the summer months and hotel rates will increase closer to the date of the event.

Please note, when making your hotel guestroom reservations, there will be a two-night non-refundable charge.

All expenses with respect to attending the AFN AGA including guestroom arrangements are the responsibility of the guest and/or group to cover and clear upon departure.

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

The AFN 2022 Circle of Trade

SOLD OUT

Location:  Vancouver Convention Centre 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver BC

Dates: July 5-7, 2022

AFN Circle of Trade Hours:
July 5- 6, 2022 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) PDT
July 7, 2022 (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) PDT

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce the 2022 AFN Circle of Trade. This year’s event will be taking place during the Annual General Assembly in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre from July 5-7, 2022.

The Trade Show will bring together a network of vendors, businesses, organizations, and government to showcase their products and services to AFN delegates and guests. Please note that there are a limited number of Trade Show booths available.

Inquiries for the AFN 2022 Circle of Trade can be emailed to [email protected].

Host Region Sponsor

Chiefs of British Columbia – Host Committee

AGA Contacts

Please visit the AFN website at www.afn.ca or contact the following individuals for more information:

AGA Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Email: [email protected]

AGA Registration Inquiries

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

AGA Coordinator

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

Veronica Wemigwans
Telephone: 613-241-6789, ext. 146
Fax: 613-241-5808
Email: [email protected]

Communications and Media

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

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

Paige Hanson – Communications Officer
Telephone: 613-241-6789
Email: [email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Annual General Assembly.

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