The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) will take place December 6 to 8, 2022 in Ottawa, Ontario. The SCA will be held at the Westin Ottawa located at 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9H4.

Dialogue Sessions


Register On-line Registration Package
PRE-REGISTRATION - Avoid the registration line-ups! There will be separate line-ups and a separate registration process for those that pre-register and pre-pay in advance of the Assembly.

Where does your registration fee go?

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 Nation leaders to direct the work of the Assembly of First Nations, the National Chief and National Executive through resolution. It is just one way First Nation leaders bring forward the concerns and priorities of First Nation members.

Registration fees help to offset the direct costs of organizing Chiefs Assemblies, including facility rentals, audio/visual equipment, interpretation services, webcasting, registration services, facilitators, translation, signage, Elder honorarium, and drum groups.


  • Chief/Proxy (Proxy letter required):  Complimentary 
  • First Nation Citizen: $450.00
  • Grand Chief: $450.00
  • Band Councillor: $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
PRE-REGISTRATION BONUS - All Assembly delegates are asked to register in advance on or before Monday December 5, 2022. So get your registration in TODAY and avoid the line ups!!

Registration Process

Photo identification will be requested at registration for Chiefs and Proxies.
All participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay, even if your registration is complimentary. There will be separate line-ups at the event for those who pre-register and pre-pay in advance of the Assembly.

  • Register ONLINE at You will receive a confirmation email once registered. VISA, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
  • Complete the registration form included in this notice and FAX it to Tash Cote at 613-241-5808 or by email to [email protected].

Please note that registration fees are non-refundable after November 25, 2022. An administration fee of $50 will apply for all cancellations prior to November 25, 2022.

Onsite pre-registration will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Ottawa, Level 4 in Governor General Ballroom 1. For planning purposes and to avoid line-ups, all delegates are encouraged to pick up badges on December 5, 2022.

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 Proxy Letter

The Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs 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.


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.

There is a form for attendees to fill out that can be found at: Book Your Flight Here

Travel Discounts


Here is the code for the Air Canada travel discount:   BY8EQ871


This is a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access 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.

Applicable Rules:

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, ON
  • The travel period begins
  • 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.


Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa
  • The travel period begins: 11/29/2022
  • The travel period ends: 12/15/2022
  • No discount will apply to Basic or Business class bookings.
  • Coupon Code: 8K9M7HD


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 to make a booking online.

Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, ON
  • The travel period begins: June 27, 2022
  • The travel period ends: July 14, 2022

Hotel Accommodations

The AFN has a block of hotel guestrooms at the following Ottawa hotels.

You can book directly with the Hotel

101 Queen Street, Ottawa ON, K1P 0B7
Telephone: 833-547-0912

Holiday Inn Ottawa Downtown Parliament Hill
King Room $155/night

Hotel Booking Link: AFN Ottawa Hotel Booking Link – Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn Parliament Hill 402 Queen Street

101 Queen Street, Ottawa ON, K1P 0B7
Telephone: 833-547-0912

Holiday Inn Downtown
402 Queen Street, Ottawa ON, K1R 5A7
Tel: 613-236-1133, ask for: “In House Reservations”
Code: AFN
Call 613-282-8687
Rate: $155

Holiday Inn Ottawa Downtown Parliament Hill
King Room $155/night

Hotel Booking Link: AFN Ottawa Hotel Booking Link – Holiday Inn Ottawa Dwtn Parliament Hill 402 Queen Street

For all hotel reservations, please indicate that you are with the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly and use the conference code provided for each hotel. Delegates are encouraged to make hotel reservations by the noted date to ensure accommodations are available at the price listed.

All expenses (travel, meals, guest rooms) with respect to attending the AFN SCA are the responsibility of the guest/group to cover and clear upon departure.

Documents and Resources

Documents will also be available on the AFN website at


Resolutions for consideration at the Special Chiefs Assembly must be submitted to AFN by October 28, 2022. Please contact Regina Toulouse at [email protected] for more information on the resolutions process.

The AFN 2022 Circle of Trade


The AFN Circle of Trade Show will take place December 6-8, 2022 The trade show is an excellent opportunity to facilitate networking among First Nations, organizations, businesses and government. To register or obtain more information about the AFN Circle of Trade Show, please contact Cynthia Legault [email protected].

Holiday Gala


Accessibility (Disability)

The Assembly of First Nations is honoured to host the Special Chiefs Assembly to enable persons of all abilities to participate fully and equally.

For questions about accessibility (disability) or to request support during the event, such as American Sign Language interpretation, interpretation Langue des Signes Québécoise, reserved seating for those who use mobility devices, access to a quiet room for those with sensory processing disabilities, Braille materials, etc. Please contact [email protected].

Requests should be made at least by November 14, 2022.

SCA Contacts

Please visit the AFN website at or contact the following individuals for more information:

SCA Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Email: [email protected]

SCA Registration Inquiries

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

SCA Coordinators

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 – Acting Director
Telephone: 604-340-3117
Email: [email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you in Ottawa!

Celso CercadoSpecial Chiefs Assembly