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ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN – Update on First Nations Child and Family Services and Jordan’s Principle Compensation

on September 21, 2022

SUMMARY: 

The AFN appeared before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) on September 15 and 16, 2022, to seek the CHRT’s endorsement of the $20-billion Final Settlement Agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by discriminatory underfunding of the First Nations Child and Family Services Program and for the federal government’s narrow application of Jordan’s Principle.

  • The CHRT reserved its decision on the AFN’s motion for the approval of the Final Settlement Agreement. The AFN anticipates a favourable decision from the CHRT in the coming weeks.
  • The Federal Court of Canada has postponed its Compensation Approval Hearing, which was previously scheduled for September 20 to 23, 2022, noting that it prefers a ruling from the CHRT before it commences its own approval inquiry.
  • The AFN remains hopeful that the CHRT will provide a decision endorsing the Compensation Agreement expeditiously. The Federal Court of Canada is holding November 21 to 24, 2022 and December 5 to 9, 2022 as tentative dates for the Compensation Approval Hearing.

Final Settlement Agreement

On June 30, 2022, the AFN and Canada signed a $20-billion Final Settlement Agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by discriminatory underfunding of the First Nations Child and Family Services (FNCFS) Program and for the federal government’s narrow application of Jordan’s Principle. A condition of the Final Settlement Agreement on Compensation requires both the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) and the Federal Court of Canada endorse the agreement.

The AFN appeared before the CHRT on September 15 and 16, 2022, to seek the CHRT’s endorsement of the Final Settlement Agreement. The CHRT reserved its decision on AFN’s motion for the approval of the agreement. As a result, the Federal Court of Canada has postponed its Compensation Approval Hearing, noting that it prefers a ruling from the CHRT before it commences its own approval inquiry.

The AFN anticipates a favourable decision from the CHRT in the coming weeks. Once the CHRT makes a ruling endorsing the Final Settlement Agreement, the AFN will be able to move on to the next steps in the approval process before the Federal Court. The Federal Court of Canada is holding November 21 to 24, 2022 and December 5 to 9, 2022 as tentative dates for the Compensation Approval Hearing.

The AFN continues to work towards meeting the timelines set out in the Final Settlement Agreement and is cognizant of the Survivors and families that are waiting for a final decision on compensation for the discrimination they experienced. At present, the AFN and Moushoom class counsel are developing a distribution protocol, which will outline specifics on who will be eligible for compensation and how they can apply. The AFN will be sharing information with the Regions to explain the distribution protocol before seeking Federal Court approval at a hearing scheduled on December 20, 2022.

Once the distribution protocol is approved, Claimants will finally be able to complete and submit applications and distribution of compensation awards will follow. The AFN remains hopeful that all the Final Settlement Agreement approvals will be completed in December 2022 and compensation payments will commence early in 2023.

Background

Since 1998, the AFN has engaged with Canada to address significant deficiencies and inequities inherent in the funding from the Government of Canada for the FNCFS Program, and the adverse impacts on the First Nations children and families involved with the FNCFS Program. The AFN has also been advocating for the full and proper application of Jordan’s Principle to ensure that all First Nations children have access to the supports and services they need, no matter where they live.

The AFN and First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada (Caring Society) filed a human rights complaint with the CHRT in 2007. The complaint was substantiated by the CHRT in 2016 and Canada was ordered to reform the FNCFS Program and fully implement Jordan’s Principle to eliminate its discriminatory practices.

The AFN was the only Party to the CHRT litigation who requested that compensation be paid directly to survivors. The CHRT agreed with the AFN that compensation was required and ultimately awarded $40,000, the maximum amount for pain and suffering under the Canadian Human Rights Act (CHRA), to First Nations who faced discrimination in Canada’s underfunding of the FNCFS Program and the narrow application of Jordan’s Principle. The Government of Canada issued an appeal of the CHRT’s Compensation Order, which remains active.

On January 28, 2020, the AFN and the representative plaintiffs, including Ashley Dawn Louise Bach, Karen Osachoff, Melissa Walterson, Noah Buffalo-Jackson, Carolyn Buffalo, and Dick Eugene Jackson, filed a proposed class action, dating back to 1991 (“AFN Class Action”). The AFN Class Action sought compensation for First Nations children and family members harmed by Canada’s discrimination under the FNCFS Program and narrow application of Jordan’s Principle. The AFN, Moushoom class counsel and Canada have engaged in negotiations over the last two years.

While the CHRT’s compensation orders were profound, the maximum amount of compensation under the CHRA is limited to $40,000. The AFN sought to increase both the number of survivors eligible for compensation and the amount of compensation that they may receive, and achieved this by expanding on the CHRT’s compensation orders in a number of ways.

First, the CHRT imposed a cut-off point at which a child must have been in care to be eligible for compensation, which is January 1, 2006. The eligibility period under the Class Action begins on the date at which the discriminatory funding system was implemented by Canada: April 1, 1991. It also extends the date of eligibility for Jordan’s Principle claimants to the same date, in recognition of the longstanding and persistent gaps in services and supports for First Nations children. This extends the period for compensation by an additional 15 years.

The second extension relates to the whether a child was placed outside of their community. The CHRT compensation order required that a child had to be “placed outside their homes, families and communities” in order to be eligible for compensation. The Final Settlement Agreement includes all First Nations children who were removed under the FNCFS Program, regardless if they were placed within or outside of their community.

The third expansion is the inclusion of enhancement factors to ensure that individuals who experienced the greatest harm as a result of Canada’s discrimination are provided with additional compensation. Under the Final Settlement Agreement, Survivors will be entitled to a $40,000 base payment and additional monetary enhancements based on their individual circumstances, which include:

  • the age when an individual was removed from their home
  • the age at which they exited care
  • the amount of time an individual spent in care
  • the number of times they were placed in care
  • if an individual was removed to receive an essential service
  • if an individual was removed from a northern or remote community
  • if an individual was subjected to a delay, denial or service gap that resulted in significant harm

Finally, the AFN advocated for additional supports for survivors that are not contemplated under the CHRT’s Compensation Order, including mental wellness supports for Survivors, financial literacy and coaching, family and community unification supports, and more. The Final Settlement Agreement is the first of its kind as it is First Nations driven, and First Nations will oversee the implementation of the agreement.

The AFN will continue to provide updates at fnchildcompensation.ca. The AFN has also established an Information Desk which can be reached at 1-888-718-6496 or [email protected].

We acknowledge that this process may bring up strong emotional responses; support from the Hope for Wellness Helpline is available now at 1-855-242-3310.

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National Indigenous Organization Leaders at the State Funeral of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

on September 18, 2022

(London, UK) – Leaders from Canada’s three national Indigenous organizations are attending the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II tomorrow as part of the Canadian delegation. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed, and President of the Métis National Council (MNC) Cassidy Caron are scheduled to arrive at Westminster Abbey around 9:20 – 9:30 BST.

AFN National Chief Archibald will then be available for media requests at the Corinthia London at 14:00 BST. She will be joined by Chief Sheldon Kent of Black River First Nation and Chief Theresa Nelson of Animbiigoo Zaagi igan Anishinaabek.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For more information please contact:

Andrew St. Germain
Office of the National Chief
416-543-1690 (mobile)
[email protected]

Steven Sutherland
Communications Manager
Métis National Council
[email protected]

Patricia D’Souza
Director of Communications
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
[email protected]
613-292-4482 (mobile)

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ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD TO ATTEND THE STATE FUNERAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

on September 16, 2022

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald arrives in London, UK today to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II taking place on Monday at Westminster Abbey in London, UK.

“I will be attending Her Majesty’s funeral as a testament that despite colonization and genocide, First Nations people are still here,” said National Chief Archibald. “We are relentless and have been strengthened by the challenges facing us all; and moreover, we are moving from being survivors to thrivers. We continue to revitalize our languages, culture and traditions. Most importantly, in spite of efforts to eradicate us, we have held onto our seven sacred teachings which include: respect, courage and love.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered to provide travel to the leaders of the three national Indigenous organizations, including the AFN, departing Friday morning and returning after the funeral on Monday. The National Chief made the decision to attend after speaking with several Chiefs.

“We have a Treaty with the Crown and an AFN presence is a reminder to the Crown that we still exist,” said Pimicikamak Cree Nation Chief David Monias. “As long as our Treaties exist, our Sovereignty is recognized because only Nations sign true Treaties.”

“As Canada observes a National Day of Mourning on September 19, I will be wearing orange to recognize the end of a colonial reign in Canada and the dawn of a new era based on Truth and Reconciliation,” said Neskonlith Indian Band Kúkpi7 Judy Wilson. “We are hopeful that the dialogue King Charles and National Chief Archibald began on Truth and Reconciliation — including a request for an apology for the role of the Anglican Church in the devastation wrought upon our communities by the inhumanity of residential schools — will not only continue but lead to greater respect and understanding. I stand with many leaders across the country who will continue to call for the first official act of King Charles III to be the renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery. To that end, we seek to premiere The Doctrine of Recovery documentary in London for King Charles to attend. National Chief Archibald describes the film ‘as a crucial step on our healing path.’ In it, the King will hear four generations of First Nations women powerfully articulate the issues and legacy of colonialism that must be addressed for true reconciliation to be reached.”

“As part of the Healing Path Forward, AFN’s next step in Crown relations is attending the funeral of the late Queen, honouring the accession of the new King, and fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #45; all the while holding space for grief, respect, diplomacy, accountability, and truth,” said National Chief Archibald. Call to Action #45 calls for a Royal Proclamation and Covenant of Reconciliation to be issued by the Crown.

The State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. BST.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information please contact:

Andrew St. Germain
Office of the National Chief
416-543-1690 (mobile)
[email protected]

Paige Hanson
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-402-4349 (mobile)
[email protected]

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ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS NATIONAL CHIEF OFFERS CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II

on September 8, 2022

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald issued the following statement on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“Like many, Queen Elizabeth II is the only British monarch I have ever known in my lifetime,” said AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald today. “Throughout her reign, she has been an influential role model for generations of women and will be remembered for normalising and evolving the perception of strong, female leadership. My condolences are with King Charles III and all members of the British royal family as they grieve the loss of their matriarch, Queen Elizabeth II,” said the National Chief.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations people in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information please contact:

Andrew St. Germain
Office of the National Chief
416-543-1690 (mobile)
[email protected]

Kelly Reid
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 (mobile)
[email protected]

Paige Hanson
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-402-4349 (mobile)
[email protected]

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AFN NATIONAL CHIEF ARCHIBALD AND AFN REGIONAL CHIEF ANTOINE  REFLECT ON PAPAL VISIT TO CANADA

on August 2, 2022

OTTAWA, ON – As His Holiness Pope Francis prepares his Wednesday audience from St. Peter’s Square to recap his week-long ‘pilgrimage of penance’ across Canada, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald and AFN Northwest Territories Regional Chief Gerald Antoine express their disappointment in the shortcomings of last week’s tour but reaffirm their deep and abiding love and care for Survivors.

AFN Regional Chief Antoine, as the AFN delegation lead participated in many events on the apostolic journey of Pope Francis including Monday’s official apology at Maskwacis, Wednesday’s meeting at the Citadelle, and Friday’s private audience in Québec.

AFN National Chief Archibald, too, attended the apology at Maskwacis and kept her word to greet the Pope upon his arrival on our traditional lands. As she did, she personally called on him to formally revoke the Doctrine of Discovery.

Renouncing and formally revoking the “Inter Caetera” 1493 Doctrine of Discovery is an essential step for advancing reconciliation and the healing path forward. So too are immediate calls to return diocese land back to First Nations and returning sacred items currently being held both in storage and on public display at the Vatican.

At sites in Maskwacis, Québec, and Iqaluit, Pope Francis delivered penitential speeches to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples but stopped short of denouncing the Catholic Church’s role in creating systems that spiritually, culturally, emotionally, and physically abused and killed First Nations, Inuit and Métis children. He also failed to address the aforementioned calls to action.

“We have been calling for the papal apology for decades and have been clear about what it needed to address,” said AFN National Chief Archibald. “The fact that the Vatican has not addressed these properly in the Pope’s speech is a real indication that they’re not listening. They’re not hearing First Nations’ concerns. That, to me, has been reflective of this whole tour.”

“From a trauma-based perspective, the omission to correct the original misunderstanding and prejudicial labelling of the Original Peoples of North America, our Family on Turtle Island, is very hurtful to those harmed by genocidal practices,” said AFN Regional Chief Antoine. “One could say that in omitting to address this issue, the apology loses value.”

The AFN had no control over the planning process of the papal visit and has expressed disappointment over the unilateral decision-making on site choices and other logistics.

“It feels incomplete,” said AFN National Chief Archibald. “It feels as though there were legal considerations that prevented the Pope from offering a more fulsome apology. The Vatican must answer for why the papal visit fell short on so many fronts.”

“Despite our relentless efforts to his ground crew regarding our expertise in following fresh tracks, they lost track of us during their processes,” said AFN Regional Chief Antoine. “Thank Creator that it is only in the middle of summer. There is a change of season today. Tomorrow we will reconvene as a Family, knowing there is still work to do. All of us working together as a Family can help each other make it happen. That’s what it’s really all about in the end for all of us.”

The AFN’s focus is to ensure the needs of First Nations, particularly Survivors, are met. “I had the Families and Survivors across Turtle Island in my mind and heart every day of this tour and continue to do so,” said AFN National Chief Archibald.

Please be reminded that if you or someone you know is being affected by the Pope’s visit to Canada, the IRS Crisis line is a national, 24-hour toll-free support service operated by trained Indigenous crisis counsellors. To talk to someone, please call 1-866-925-4419.

For more information on the AFN delegation please visit: www.afn.ca/papal-visit/.

 

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Contact Information:

Andrew St. Germain
Office of the National Chief
[email protected]

Leanne Goose
Office of Regional Chief Antoine
[email protected]

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NATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD TO ATTEND PAPAL VISIT IN ALBERTA

on July 23, 2022

(Ottawa, ON):  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald will be in Alberta for the official welcome of His Holiness Pope Francis on Turtle Island and will attend the meeting with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples at the former institution of assimilation and genocide located in Maskwacis in anticipation of a long overdue papal apology.

DATE: July 24-25, 2022

TIME: 11:20 a.m. MDT, 10 a.m. MDT

LOCATION:  Edmonton International Airport
Edmonton, Alberta

Former Ermineskin Residential Institution
Maskwacis, Alberta

The AFN has advocated for urgent action to fulfill each of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action since their release in 2015, including the need for a papal apology detailed in Call-to-Action #58. For the past seven years, the AFN has pressed the federal government, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Holy See to work in consultation with First Nations on the best way to offer this much-needed apology on the homelands of Turtle Island. The National Chief and AFN Executive Committee remain optimistic that during his stay, Pope Francis will acknowledge and apologize for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children carried out by Catholic-run institutions of assimilation and genocide.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern. Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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 For more information please contact:

Andrew St. Germain
Communications Coordinator
Office of the National Chief
[email protected]

Paige Hanson
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-402-4349 (mobile)
[email protected]

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Celso CercadoNATIONAL CHIEF ROSEANNE ARCHIBALD TO ATTEND PAPAL VISIT IN ALBERTA

LETTER FROM NATIONAL CHIEF TO ARCHBISHOP ON PAPAL VISIT

on July 22, 2022

I am writing today to confirm my participation in the impending papal visit to Canada.

Despite a lack of concrete or written information about what’s happening specifically across the country, my staff and I were able to glean from information released to public through the papal visit website and press clippings what we understand to be the Pope’s itinerary.

As I first stated last November, it’s always been my intention to welcome Pope Francis, as head of the Assembly of First Nations, when he arrives in Canada to fulfill TRC Call to Action #58. I’ve also publicly stated my willingness to hear the Pope’s words of apology on our traditional lands, provided that he offer them at the site of a former residential institution. Chief Randy Ermineskin graciously provided a tour on July 15 of the Maskwacis sites where Pope Francis plans to deliver his apology. My tour included the former institution sites where hundreds of little ones died at Maskwacis.

Therefore, I am confirming again my attendance at the official welcome at Edmonton International Airport and also at the anticipated apology in Maskwacis.

I look forward to an opportunity to speak in Maskwacis and will do so after the traditional welcome to the territory. My remarks will serve to welcome the Pope and welcome his apology on behalf of First Nations. It is my intention to then exit the stage, sit in the general audience, and make way for Regional Chief Gerald Antoine, IRS and Day School portfolio lead for the Assembly of First Nations, to talk more about the healing path forward.

To confirm, Regional Chief Gerald Antoine, Chief Randy Ermineskin, Chief George Arcand Jr, and I will have our place on the Maskwacis programme.

I’ve also been notified that on the Papal Visit Ticketmaster page, ticket holders are solicited for donations to CONCACAN INC. who serve to promote and coordinate Catholic activity in Canada and ensure the advancement of the Roman Catholic church in Canada. Please see how inappropriate this is. We as First Nations people are all intergenerational trauma survivors, and we are collectively grieving the pain and suffering that Catholic-run institutions of assimilation and genocide perpetrated. It is ill-timed to advance church fundraising efforts on this reconciliatory visit in the first place but especially hurtful to ask First Nations survivors, to whom church reparations are already owed, to donate.

Lastly, I would like for you to send the complete set of agendas for all papal visit sites that we can share with our communities as our People need answers.

I look forward to your reply and determining our next steps on the healing path forward together.

Ninanaskamon,

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald

CC:     Regional Chief Gerald Antoine

Chief Randy Ermineskin

Chief George Arcand Jr.

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LETTER FROM NATIONAL CHIEF AND REGIONAL CHIEF TO PRIME MINISTER AND GOVERNOR GENERAL ON PAPAL VISIT

on July 21, 2022

I am grateful for my invitation to the Citadelle upon the Pope’s arrival in the city of Québec. I am writing today, with Regional Chief Gerald Antoine, IRS and Day School portfolio lead for the Assembly of First Nations, to support the participation of members of my national executive in the impending papal visit to Canada.

Our staff have reported to us a pattern of disregard by organizers of the papal visit when it comes to planning and key decision-making regarding the Pope’s itinerary. What has become apparent is that this visit and apology has evolved to be more for the benefit of Canadian Catholic parishioners and the global Christian community and less about actual moves for reparations and reconciliation with the First Nation community that was harmed by institutions of assimilation and genocide.

We are concerned that our community members, particularly survivors, are being re-victimized in this unilateral process. It is unfortunate that we as First Nations have not been the driving force in the planning of this state visit despite that this visit was really meant for us as the original inhabitants of Turtle Island. The reality is the CCCB and church community planned the event while First Nations were kept on the periphery of the planning process. Our staff have gleaned from information released through the papal visit website and press clippings what we understand to be the Pope’s itinerary.

The anticipated apology potentially represents a monumental moment for us and may serve to help put our shared collective pain behind us. What we need to do, then, is to acknowledge it together and work together in a spirit of true collaboration on the healing path forward.

In writing to express our concern, we are actually reaching out for your allyship with the church community to ensure that our future relationship is based in mutual respect, trust, and cooperation.

We wish to express our best wishes for a successful event at the Citadelle and look forward to your reply.

Ninanaskamon,

National Chief RoseAnne Archibald


Mahsi,

Regional Chief Gerald Antoine


CC:     Regional Chief Ghislain Picard

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AFN CALLS FOR FIRST MINISTERS MEETING ON UNDRIP AT MEETING WITH PREMIERS IN ADVANCE OF COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION

on July 11, 2022

(Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee issued the following statement after a meeting with provincial and territorial premiers today in advance of the Council of the Federation meeting taking place later today in Victoria, BC.

“It is important for First Nations to meet with premiers on priorities and initiatives that impact our people and to set direction on how we must work together to ensure nothing is done for us without us,” said AFN BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee who represented AFN at the meeting of National Indigenous leaders and premiers today.

“Today I underscored the importance of affirming and implementing rights, title and jurisdiction as a foundation for restoring the rightful relationship between First Nations and Canada, including provinces,” said Regional Chief Teegee.  “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples contains the standards and principles that are the foundation of an ethical and predictable relationship between all of us. Including First Nations rights holders and their delegated representatives as equal partners in all decisions affecting them is the only way forward.  Today I called for a First Ministers Meeting to take place within the next year to be focused on implementing the UN Declaration throughout Canada at all levels of government. The Assembly of First Nations will continue to push for full inclusion and participation at the Council of the Federation so that First Nations priorities are addressed along with all priorities, rather than a side or after thought.”

The meeting with National Indigenous leaders will be followed by two days of meetings with the Premiers. The 2022 COF will focus on health. The 2023 Council of the Federation will be chaired by the premier of Manitoba.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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For more information please contact:

Lori Kittelberg
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
604-340-3117 (mobile)
[email protected]

Kelly Reid
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 (mobile)
[email protected]

Paige Hanson
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-402-4349 (mobile)
[email protected]

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AFN TO ATTEND MEETING WITH PREMIERS IN ADVANCE OF COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION IN VICTORIA, BC

on July 8, 2022

(Ottawa, ON): Assembly of First Nations (AFN) BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee will join other Indigenous leaders in a meeting with provincial and territorial premiers in advance of the Council of the Federation meeting taking place in Victoria next week.

Regional Chief Teegee will represent the AFN at the meeting of National Indigenous leaders and premiers focused on child and family services and the environment.  He plans to speak to the importance of support by provinces and territories for First Nations self-determination in the areas of child and family services, the environment and other priorities.

Regional Chief Teegee will participate in a media availability with Council of the Federation Chair BC Premier John Horgan and other Indigenous leaders following the meeting: Monday July 11, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. PDT at Songhees Wellness Centre, Admirals Road Victoria, BC V9A 2P6.

The meeting with National Indigenous leaders will be followed by two days of meetings with the Premiers. The 2022 COF will focus on health. The 2023 Council of the Federation will be hosted by the province of Manitoba.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

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 For more information please contact:

Lori Kittelberg
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
604-340-3117 (mobile)
[email protected]

Kelly Reid
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 (mobile)
[email protected]

Paige Hanson
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-402-4349 (mobile)
[email protected]

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Celso CercadoAFN TO ATTEND MEETING WITH PREMIERS IN ADVANCE OF COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION IN VICTORIA, BC