Assembly of First Nations

First Nations' Ultimatum: Pick Between Dam And LNG

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - With a decision imminent on the Site C hydroelectric project in northeastern British Columbia, area First Nations have delivered a message...

Controversial Education Act Must Go, First Nations Reiterate

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - The Assembly of First Nations concluded its annual meeting Thursday with no sign it is budging from its position that a contentious aborigin...

Common Ground On Controversial Tory Reforms?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Chiefs attending an annual gathering of the Assembly of First Nations are mulling several counter-proposals to a controversial Conservative b...

AFN In Need Of 'Someone At The Helm To Help Guide And Direct Us'

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - A new chief for the Assembly of First Nations will be elected in December as many aboriginal leaders agreed Tuesday there is a growing need ...

'Honourably Make Amends' With First Nations, Chief Urges

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The war of words between some First Nations leaders and the Conservative government is heating up.A member of the Assembly of First Nations f...

Shawn Atleo's Possible Successor

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Politics

A high-profile activist may run to replace Shawn Atleo as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Wab Kinew, director of indigenous ...

'Why Can't We Just Get the Money?'

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Carla Robinson's mother was sexually abused as a child attending two Indian residential schools in British Columbia, but her father dodged...

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Won't Meet 'Rogue Chiefs'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government is refusing to meet with a group of "rogue chiefs" from within the stricken Assembly of First Nations until they withd...

Why Canada Still Needs the Assembly of First Nations

Wab Kinew | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Wab Kinew

Some are criticizing First Nations leaders for not accepting the proposed Bill C-33 and its increased funding. Others are questioning whether the AFN has past its "best before" date. Dissolving the AFN is not the right course of action. There is clearly a need for a national organization for First Nations people: in the year 2014 First Nations people still have to negotiate for equality.

Time to Get Our Indian Act Together for First Nations Students

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

It has become more and more urgent to -- as the proposal for a First Nations Education Act was titled -- work together for First nations students. This agreement, and the federal budget framework into which it is embedded, is an opportunity to do just that -- whatever one's skepticism and mistrust may recommend to the contrary. On the First Nation's side, the time has arrived to take both the concept and practice of self-control and self-determination to their logical conclusions. Let's call it getting our collective Indian act together.

BILLIONS To Retool First Nations Education

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

STANDOFF, Alta. - The federal government's reworked plan for native education sets minimum quality standards for reserve classrooms but leaves aborigi...

Taxpayers Have Been Generous to First Nations

Mark Milke | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada's taxpayers have been increasingly generous to Aboriginal Canadians over the decades, but that reality is not often the narrative one hears from selected First Nations leaders. Instead, the oft-stated opinion is that taxpayers should ante up ever more. A quick look at the numbers shows us why that view will always be tragically misinformed.

National Chief Gets Behind Protest

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Aboriginal Peoples will not support resource development at a...

First Nations and the Toxic Body Burden

Maggie MacDonald | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Maggie MacDonald

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has released an important scientific report on the body burden of environmental chemicals in the adult First Nation population in Canada. The report, First Nations Biomonitoring Initiative, fills a significant gap in existing research. Certain chemical levels were found to be significantly higher in the First Nations populations.

Shadow Of Past Abuse Lingers Over First Nations Education Debate

CP | Megan Dolski, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Aboriginal leaders are pointing to past abuses as evidence that the federal government should let their communities craft their own educati...

Watching the Watchdog: Talking Idle No More With a Former APTN Journalist

Tim Knight | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Ken Williams, Cree from Saskatchewan, APTN video journalist, has turned into Kenneth T. Williams, eminent award-winning playwright. My old friend Ken Williams and I go for beers at my local tavern. We order and I ask Ken about Idle No More...

Will Chiefs Go Hard-Line?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Chief Shawn Atleo has staked his ground for upcoming talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to improve the quality of life for Fir...

Don't Ignore the Red Brigades!

Tim Knight | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

The official report on yesterday's top-level meeting concerning treaties signed between the Crown and and First Nations has been released. The first matter before the meeting, according to the sources, was this week's decision by the United Nations to offer peacekeeping troops to help contain and put down the First Nations' uprising, known as the Red Brigades.

Watching the Watchdog: Supporting Idle No More is a No-Brainer

Tim Knight | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

Centuries of racism and neglect have spawned a righteous anger amongst Canada's native people. The Idle No More protesters are simply asking that we respect the treaties signed with our First Nations. Damned if I can see how any Canadian can be against keeping our promises to the people who were here first.

Behind the Headlines: Why Chief Theresa Spence Is Hunger Striking

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The story behind the headline is that Chief Spence's hunger strike is not simply about the appalling conditions her people continue to face. Spence is one of many aboriginal leaders looking for a way to express her frustration with the Government of Canada passing laws that affect their lives and land, as well as violating treaty rights without involving them in any of the decision making.

How Can More Women Participate In Politics? Ask First Nations Politicians

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Impact

OTTAWA - They did it without quotas, action plans or affirmative action.Half of the eight candidates in the recent election for national chief of the ...

Get Tough With Ottawa, Atleo Told

CBC | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Politics

Shawn Atleo, the newly re-elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, called on all Canadians to unite with his people in making a new fu...

Shawn Atleo To Serve A Second Term As AFM's National Chief

CBC | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Impact

Shawn Atleo will serve a second term as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations after beating out his competitors in three rounds of voting in...

He's The Man.. Again

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Incumbent Shawn Atleo has been re-elected as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, vowing to assert his people’s rights in Otta...

First Nations To Elect New National Chief

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - One after another, the eight candidates vying for the most powerful First Nations position in the land vowed Tuesday to find a way to increa...