The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will host a National First Nations Homelessness Symposium on June 7 and 8, 2021. The goal of the symposium is to provide a national platform for discussion and information sharing around work that is currently happening to address and eliminate homelessness for First Nations.

It is unacceptable that First Nations experience homelessness and housing insecurity at disproportionate rates on their own traditional lands and territories. The AFN is currently conducting research and engagement that will inform the development of a National First Nations Homelessness Action Plan. This plan will help to identify strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate homelessness for First Nations living both in and away from their communities, as well as to increase the ability of First Nations to care for their members no matter where they live.

This event is the AFN’s first national symposium addressing the topic of First Nations homelessness and will provide a unique opportunity for learning and discussion on this important and urgent issue.

For technical assistance during the Symposium, please call 1-833-236-8324.

Symposium Overview

The AFN National Homelessness Symposium will provide participants an opportunity to learn about work being done across the country to address homelessness as it impacts First Nations living in and away from their communities, and to ensure that First Nations are able to exercise their right to care for their members no matter where they live. The Symposium will feature a keynote address, plenary presentations, and panel discussions.

Symposium Presentations

Videos

Symposium Agenda

Monday, June 7, 2021

Day One

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

  • Opening Ceremonies/Prayers
  • Welcome Addresses
  • Keynote Address
  • Plenary Panel Presentations

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Day Two

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

  • Plenary Information Sessions
  • Plenary Panel Presentation
  • Closing Ceremonies
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FEES

Registration

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 resolutions. 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 are encouraged to pre-register by July 5, 2021.

  • Register and pay ONLINE at www.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 July 5, 2021, to ensure processing prior to the Assembly.

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable after July 5, 2021. 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 will receive access.

By Phone

All Participants

  • Once you have 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.

 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.

Will need to ensure the process for voting for NC Election is included.

All participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay. There will be separate line-ups to pick up your badge and USB for those who pre-register and pre-pay in advance of the Assembly.  We are also introducing our new Self Check-in kiosks at the Assembly. You will receive a 3 digit code with your confirmation which can be entered on-site at one of the kiosk stations and your badge will be printed automatically for quick pick-up.   

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Registration Fees

Chiefs/Proxy (proxy letter required) $0
First Nation Citizen $200
Observer and Non-Government Org. $400
Other Governments $400
Senior Citizen (65+) $50
Students $50
Veterans Complimentary
Elders Complimentary
Accredited Media Complimentary

Resources

Resolutions for consideration at the Annual General Assembly must be submitted to AFN by June 4, 2021. Please contact Khamarie Desjarlais at 613-241-6789, ext. 151 or [email protected] for more information on the resolutions process.

Contacts

Registration

If you need assistance registering online, please contact our Registration Coordinator: Tash Cote at [email protected].

General Information

For general information on the National First Nations Homelessness Symposium, contact us at [email protected].

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