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Media Advisory: AFN to release an innovative expert report on Post-Secondary Education for First Nations

OTTAWA, June 18 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will host a press conference Monday to release a discussion paper entitled Taking Action for First Nations Post-Secondary Education: Access, Opportunity, and Outcomes. National Chief Atleo will be joined by the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), the Association of Community Colleges […]

by NationTalk on June 18, 2010705 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Participates in Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Inaugural Event

OTTAWA, June 16 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today issued the following statement from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s first national commemorative event taking place in Winnipeg, MB this week. “Today is first and foremost about the survivors of the Indian residential school system, the importance of truth-telling and the […]

by NationTalk on June 16, 2010679 Views

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AFN National Chief calls on Indian and Northern Affairs to Respect Community-based Solutions for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and All First Nations

ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS BULLETIN ASSEMBLÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS 473, RUE ALBERT STREET 8th FLOOR / 8e ÉTAGE OTTAWA ON K1R 5B4 (613) 241-6789 telephone / téléphone (613) 241-5808 fax / télécopieur June 15, 2010 (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo today commented on the recent move by Indian and […]

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Statement on the 2nd Anniversary of Apology to Residential School Survivors

Ottawa, June 11 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement today to mark the second anniversary of the Government of Canada’s Apology for the Indian Residential Schools: “Today, we remember first and foremost the thousands of First Nations youth who were taken from their families and placed in […]

by NationTalk on June 11, 2010846 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Launches Call to Action on First Nations Education

NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, June 9 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today launched a broad call to action on First Nations education, highlighting the importance of reconciliation and effective partnerships in ensuring equitable education opportunities for First Nations. “Today we launch a call to action. A call for education to […]

by NationTalk on June 9, 2010948 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Supports the Findings of the Harvard Law Report on Mining in Takla Lake Traditional Territory

OTTAWA, June 8 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said that findings of a 200 page study released yesterday by Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic echo the situation facing First Nations across the country. The findings state that B.C.’s mining regulations do not recognize First Nations rights to self-determination and the […]

by NationTalk on June 8, 2010796 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo to announce call to action on First Nations education

OTTAWA, June 7– Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will deliver the convocation address to the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University June 9, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the education centre gymnasium. Please join National Chief Atleo, Nipissing First Nation Deputy Chief June Commanda and students from Nbiising Secondary School for […]

by NationTalk on June 7, 20101219 Views

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National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes announcement on First Nations University

Ottawa, June 2 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomed an announcement by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Chuck Strahl that he will restore $4 Million in funding to the First Nations University (FNUniv), which will cover expenses from Sept. 1 to March 31.”This is good news for students, […]

by NationTalk on June 3, 2010864 Views

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Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Hearing on Discrimination Against First Nations Children in Child Welfare System: Federal Government Attempting to Stop Hearing from Proceeding

OTTAWA, June 1 – An historic case, with potentially broad sweeping national implications for First Nations, is set to be heard by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in Ottawa on June 2 and 3. A motion filed by the federal government, however, could stop the Tribunal from hearing the complaint that the federal government is […]

by NationTalk on June 1, 2010964 Views

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2010 Heroes of Our Time Scholarships

Since 1988/1989 the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has sponsored the Heroes of Our Time scholarships to recognize the hard work, dedication and academic achievements of First Nations post secondary students who demonstrate excellence in a variety of categories. The scholarships are divided into eight categories that represent eight First Nations heroes and academic disciplines, […]

by NationTalk on June 1, 20102346 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo joins his home community of Ahousaht in mourning after a plane crash near Tofino, BC

Tofino, BC, May 30 – Today, National Chief Shawn Atleo joined his home community of Ahousaht in mourning the loss of three community members and a pilot who was well-known to the community after a float plane crashed near Tofino on Saturday. He offered the following statement:”Our whole community is deeply saddened by this unexpected […]

by NationTalk on May 31, 2010974 Views

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AFN National Chief Calls for Real Action on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations: Need Action to Address the “Capacity Gap as well as the Regulatory Gap”

OTTAWA, May 27 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo stated today that legislation introduced in Parliament on First Nations drinking water – Bill S-11- will not in its current form meet the stated objective of ensuring First Nations have access to safe drinking water. “This legislation will create new regulations for […]

by NationTalk on May 27, 20101101 Views

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AFN National Chief supports call for a Public Inquiry into the shooting death of John Simon

MONCTON, NB, May 19 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo joined Regional Chief Rick Simon and Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Lester Peck in calling for a public inquiry into the death of John Simon, who was shot in his home by an RCMP officer in December 2008. “The death of […]

by NationTalk on May 19, 2010826 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo supports call for a public inquiry into the shooting death of John Simon

MONCTON, NB, May 18 – National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will join AFN Regional Chief Rick Simon, and Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Lester Peck as they call for a public inquiry into the death of John Simon, who was shot in his home by an RCMP officer on Dec. 2, 2008. EVENT: Press Conference DATE: […]

by NationTalk on May 18, 2010724 Views

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AFN National Chief Welcomes Release of Senate Report on First Nations Elections and Looks Forward to Future Progress

OTTAWA, May 13 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomed today’s release of the report by the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples entitled First Nations Elections: The Choice is Inherently Theirs. The Senate Committee’s report identified a number of areas where the Indian Act has been counter-productive to effective governance, […]

by NationTalk on May 14, 20101077 Views

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National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offers condolences on the passing of Bertha Allen

OTTAWA, May 12 – Today National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offered the following statement on the passing of social activist Bertha Allen: “The passing of Bertha Allen is a great loss for her family, friends, and community. Bertha was widely respected for her leadership and work with grassroots women. In particular, her work as a […]

by NationTalk on May 12, 2010682 Views

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Assembly of First Nations offers support for Amun March

OTTAWA, May 7 – Today, the Assembly of First Nations declared their support for walkers participating in the Amun March. The Amun (“Big gathering”) March began on May 4, 2010 in Wendake and will culminate in a gathering in Ottawa on June 1, 2010. The 500 kilometer march, led by Ms. Michèle Audette and Ms. […]

by NationTalk on May 7, 20101050 Views

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Statement on the appointment of Grand Chief Edward John as a new member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

April 29, 2010 “On behalf of the AFN Executive, I wish to congratulate Grand Chief Edward John who has been appointed as the new North American representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII). I wish to also acknowledge and extend our sincere appreciation to Ms. Tonya Gonella-Frichner for her dedication and […]

by NationTalk on April 30, 20101447 Views

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Statement by the AFN

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and members of the AFN Executive Committee participated today in the second meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG) in Toronto. The meeting advanced discussion on the commitments required from all jurisdictions to address critical goals in education, economic development, and violence against women. […]

by NationTalk on April 30, 20101130 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn Atleo – Relationship Building and Reaching our Targets

April 23, 2010 The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is embarking on a strategic and forward looking agenda. I believe this is our time, a time for Indigenous peoples to come together in recognition and respect to lead the change that is required for our people. I am pleased to provide the following update on […]

by NationTalk on April 28, 20101831 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Youth Council Co-chair Colby Tootoosis congratulate Okanagan Nation young leaders

OTTAWA, April 28 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today issued the following statement congratulating Okanagan youth for their leadership and innovation in addressing youth suicide and violence. “As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), and on behalf of the AFN executive and youth council, I applaud the […]

by NationTalk on April 28, 2010907 Views

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Re: Declaration of Support for Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation communities

Dear Algonquin Chiefs: On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations Executive and staff, I am pleased to offer support to the delegation of Algonquin Chiefs, Elders and citizens on your journey. Your journey to Ottawa seeking full recognition from the Government of Canada regarding title and rights within your traditional territories is ongoing and […]

by NationTalk on April 26, 20101196 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Auditor General’s Recommendations on Sustainable Development in the Northwest Territories

Ottawa, April 23 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded today to Auditor General Sheila Fraser’s 2010 Spring Report, specifically Chapter 4 – Sustaining Development in the Northwest Territories.”The Auditor General’s report offers some important recommendations and warnings that will impact development in the North today and in the future, both […]

by NationTalk on April 23, 2010872 Views

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AFN National Chief Presents to United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Calls for Action Based on Principles of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, April 22 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo presented today at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the UN Headquarters in New York. The National Chief spoke to key areas that require action by First Nations and the Government of Canada, including First Nations Treaties, citizenship, comprehensive […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 20101119 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo Congratulates Lennox Island First Nation on the Opening of Minigoo Fisheries Inc.

Statement Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo congratulated Chief Darlene Bernard and the Lennox Island First Nation on today’s opening of Minigoo Fisheries Inc., a lobster processing facility which will be completely owned and operated by the First Nation.”I am very happy to be here today to witness the opening of this […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 20101015 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo is concerned about recent cuts in crab fishery quota in the Atlantic Region

Statement Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo was in Elsipogtog First Nations today to meet with the AFN’s Regional Chief for New Brunswick-PEI, Roger Augustine, and First Nations in the region to discuss issues of importance and urgent concern. A key issue is serious concerns about the 63% cut in the crab […]

by NationTalk on April 22, 2010775 Views

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AFN National Chief to Make Presentation to United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Speaks to Growing Momentum to Endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, April 21 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will make a presentation on April 22nd at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. The National Chief’s presentation will focus on key issues of importance to Indigenous peoples in Canada, within the context of advancing implementation of the United Nations […]

by NationTalk on April 21, 2010969 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Welcomes Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study: “Survey Reinforces First Nations Priorities”

OTTAWA, April 7 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo commented on the findings of the National Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study released yesterday noting consistency with First Nation interests. “There are interesting findings in this study that reinforce advocacy efforts of First Nations as well as pointing out the importance of […]

by NationTalk on April 7, 20101182 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Marks World Water Day: “Canada must redouble efforts to reach UN Millennium Development goals”

March 22, 2010 (Ottawa, ON) – Today, on World Water Day, National Chief Shawn At-in-chut Atleo and Regional Chief Roger Augustine who holds the national portfolio for Environment and the Economy at the Assembly of First Nations noted that, despite earlier progress, the number of First Nations communities under drinking water advisories has not been […]

by NationTalk on April 2, 2010917 Views

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Speaking Notes ~ 50th Anniversary of First Nation Voting Press Conference

March 31, 2010 Assembly of First Nations National Chief Atleo Speaking Points [Traditional Greeting] We are here today to mark an anniversary that is not known to many Canadians. I believe many Canadians will be shocked to find out that most First Nations people in Canada could not vote until 1960. This is part of […]

by NationTalk on April 2, 2010819 Views

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Assembly of First Nations calls for support for Aboriginal Healing Foundation

OTTAWA, March 29 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Regional Chief Bill Erasmus today issued a call for all governments and the private sector to support the Aboriginal Healing Foundation so it can continue to fulfill its critical role in supporting Indian residential school survivors and their families.”We […]

by NationTalk on March 29, 20101548 Views

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Media Advisory: Assembly of First Nations to call for extension of Aboriginal Healing Foundation

OTTAWA, March 29 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo with members of the AFN Executive Council will host a press conference Monday to support the continuation of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation beyond March 31, 2010. DATE: Monday March 29, 2010 TIME: 1:00 p.m. LOCATION: Press Gallery, Parliament Hill – 130S […]

by NationTalk on March 29, 2010755 Views

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild Say a New First Nations University Deserves a New Deal

SASKATOON, March 24 – FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild and AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo today stated that there is now an opportunity for the federal government to be part of a new First Nations University of Canada that will support First Nations students today and into the future. They pointed to a Memorandum of Understanding […]

by NationTalk on March 24, 20101155 Views

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Assembly of First Nations and Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations to hold Joint Press Conference on First Nations University of Canada

SASKATOON, March 24 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Saskatchewan Regional Chief Guy Lonechild will hold a joint press conference at TCU Place – Arts and Convention Centre on Wednesday, March 24th at 12 p.m. to update media on recent progress concerning the First Nations University.The press conference will take […]

by NationTalk on March 24, 2010820 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn A–in–chut Atleo March 2010

The Assembly of First Nations is embarking on a strategic and forward looking agenda. I believe this is our time, a time for Indigenous peoples to come together in recognition and respect to lead the change that is required for our people. I am pleased to provide the following update on recent activities.Throne Speech I […]

by NationTalk on March 23, 20101061 Views

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Assembly of First Nations urges immediate action on Northern Winter Road Crisis

OTTAWA, March 19 – Assembly of First Nations Manitoba Regional Chief Bill Traverse and Regional Chief Rick Simon, who holds the National portfolio for First Nations Management, today called for immediate action to address a state of emergency in 10 northern Manitoba communities after an early spring thaw has closed winter roads, preventing the delivery […]

by NationTalk on March 19, 2010953 Views

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Letter to Regional Chief Guy Lonechild from National Chief Shawn Atleo

March 11, 2010 Regional Chief Guy Lonechild Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations 200-103A Packham Avenue Saskatoon, SK S7N 4K4 Dear Regional Chief Lonechild; First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) is an important institution for all First Nations. First Nations peoples from across Canada are current students and graduates of FNUC. FNUC and First Nations post […]

by NationTalk on March 17, 20101076 Views

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AFN National Chief Responds to Federal Legislation to Address Gender Inequity in the Indian Act: Calls for First Nations Control of First Nations Citizenship

OTTAWA, March 12 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo commented today on Bill C-3, Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act, tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday, March 11.”It is fair and just that Indian status will be restored to those who lost it because of inequality in the Indian […]

by NationTalk on March 12, 20101505 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Supports the Call for Meaningful Consultation and Accommodation with Halalt First Nation

Ottawa, March 10 – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo supports Halalt First Nation in their call on the Government of British Columbia and the District of North Cowichan to work together to develop a long-term watershed management agreement regarding the Chemainus River Aquifer.”In addition to the support voiced by many […]

by NationTalk on March 11, 2010751 Views

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AFN National Chief calls on the Canadian government and the province of Manitoba to Address Tuberculosis

Ottawa, March 10 – While visiting the Dene community of Lac Brochet in northern Manitoba this week, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement calling for action to address Tuberculosis in First Nations communities.”Tuberculosis is reaching a high level in many of our communities, such as in Lac Brochet. […]

by NationTalk on March 11, 2010744 Views

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Inuit Tuberculosis Rate 185 Times Greater Than the Rate of Others Born in Canada; First Nations Is 31 Times Higher

OTTAWA, March 9 – The Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will hold a joint press conference addressing the high rates of tuberculosis among Inuit and First Nations. The press conference is being held in anticipation of World TB Day, March 24, 2010.New Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) data reveals that […]

by NationTalk on March 9, 20101808 Views

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International Women’s Week: AFN Anxious to Take Meaningful Action on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

OTTAWA, March 8 – As International Women’s Week begins, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Women’s Council Chair Kathleen McHugh, expressed hope that commitments made in last week’s Speech from the Throne and federal budget will lead to a National Action Plan which can begin to address the issue of missing […]

by NationTalk on March 9, 2010811 Views

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AFN National Chief calls for Joint Action Plan on Federal Budget

Ottawa, March 5 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded today to the Government of Canada’s 2010 federal budget. “The federal budget definitely falls short of the targets we had set out to improve the situation of First Nations, but we do want to see the federal government move quickly on […]

by NationTalk on March 7, 2010929 Views

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AFN National Chief encouraged by Canada’s Commitment in Speech from the Throne to Endorse UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Ottawa, March 3 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said he is encouraged by Canada’s commitment to endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as stated in today’s Speech from the Throne.”First Nations leaders and citizens across the country have been united in our call for Canada […]

by NationTalk on March 4, 20101024 Views

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Media Advisory: Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo to address the national conference of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA)

OTTAWA, March 2 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo will be available to media following his keynote address during the 10th anniversary of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada in Ottawa tomorrow.Media are also welcome to attend National Chief Atleo’s keynote address to AFOA at approximately 9:15 a.m. in the […]

by NationTalk on March 2, 2010800 Views

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Statement by AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo on Innu Rights to Ancestral Caribou Hunting

OTTAWA, Feb. 24 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo offered the following statement regarding the Innu communities who are exercising their Indigenous right to hunt on the Nitassinan, the Innu ancestral lands spread over parts of Québec and Labrador.”Taking food away from a family is a serious infringement on our […]

by NationTalk on February 24, 20101195 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issues strong support of Okanagan Indian Band’s actions to protect its community and Territories

Ottawa, Feb. 20 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement supporting the Okanagan Indian Band in their efforts to protect their people and territory.”As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and on behalf of our executive, I would like to offer my support to Chief Fabian […]

by NationTalk on February 20, 2010846 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Supports Immediate Action To Address The Situation of Missing and Murdered First Nations Women Across Canada

VANCOUVER, Feb. 16 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement following the 19th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver.”It was a great honour to march along side our Indigenous Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, daughters and nieces paying respect to those who are no longer among us. We are aware […]

by NationTalk on February 17, 2010907 Views

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AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo Commends Young First Nations Leaders Vision of Hope and Opportunity

OTTAWA, Feb. 12 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement on the Governor General 2010 Olympic Truce Youth Dialogue, taking place in Vancouver, B.C. this week as part of the Vancouver 2010 Indigenous Youth Gathering”As National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, I commend the young people […]

by NationTalk on February 12, 20101076 Views

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