Assembly of First Nations

On Victoria Day, Think About Ending the Monarchy in Canada

Tom Freda | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tom Freda

We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.

Michael Bolen

There Is A Way To Fix First Nations Education. And This Is How It Starts

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Bolen | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Politics

It took 15 years for a new elementary school to open in Attawapiskat after the old one was shut down. It doesn't have to be this way. (Photo: The Cana...

The One Issue Chief Bellegarde Wants To Fix Right Now

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Language is highly personal issue for this leader. He told us he didn't learn his own Cree tongue until university and that profoundly impacted his sense of identity. Knowing their own language, he argues, is essential for First Nations children because "studies have shown that when a child is fluent in their indigenous language, they're more successful in school and life."

Democracy in First Nations Communities Requires an Informed Electorate

Ravina Bains | Posted 02.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Ravina Bains

It is unclear why the Chiefs of these 44 communities are choosing to withhold this information from their electorate and Canadian taxpayers. It is particularly peculiar that two of these communities, Weenusk First Nation and Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation, previously published their audited financial statements and have now reversed course. That brings up the question: why are these 44 Chiefs afraid of an informed electorate?

Chiefs: Families Of Missing, Murdered Women Must Be Part Of Roundtable

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Chiefs from across Canada say the voices of families mourning missing and murdered aboriginal women have been drowned out and they must be ...

Meet The New National Chief Of The Assembly Of First Nations

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - The new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is warning it will no longer be business as usual when it comes to development on F...

Chiefs Want Aboriginals To Rise Up Against Tory Law

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Chiefs at an Assembly of First Nations meeting are calling for the aboriginal community to rise up against the federal government's transpa...

Teen Left For Dead Calls For Inquiry Into Missing, Murdered Native Women

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - A Manitoba teenager who was viciously assaulted and left for dead by the side of a river has added her voice to the call for a national inq...

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...