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Media Advisory – Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, December 8 – 10, 2009

OTTAWA, Dec. 3 – The Assembly of First Nations, the national political organization representing First Nations in Canada, will convene a Special Chiefs Assembly at the Westin Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario December 8-10, 2009. The theme for this year’s Assembly will be First Nations Crown Relations. Highlights will include: December 8 ———- – 10:00 a.m. National […]

by NationTalk on December 3, 20091067 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo Congratulates Lennox Island First Nation

OTTAWA, Dec. 2 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo congratulated Chief Darlene Bernard and the Lennox Island First Nation, on today’s announcement of the establishment of Minigoo Fisheries Inc., a lobster processing facility which will be completely owned and operated by the First Nation.”First Nations have the potential to build strong, […]

by NationTalk on December 2, 2009980 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief’s activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN’s website at www.afn.ca 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 […]

by NationTalk on December 1, 20091109 Views

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AFN National Chief Atleo’s statement on World AIDS Day

OTTAWA, Dec. 1 – Today, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo issued the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day.”We are all tested by the crisis of HIV/AIDS. We have fundamental reasons to step up our efforts in prevention, care and treatment of this disease. Aboriginal people represent 1 in 10 new […]

by NationTalk on December 1, 2009843 Views

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National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and BCAFN Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould Joint Statement on the passing of Nelson Leeson, president of the Nisga’a Nation

Ottawa, Nov. 27 – “Yesterday’s passing of Chief Nelson Leeson is a great tragedy for his family and friends, and also tragic in the loss of a Hereditary Chief and leader of the Nisga’a Nation, who made such a large contribution to his community and to his province,” said National Chief Shawn Atleo. “As a […]

by NationTalk on November 29, 20091080 Views

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National Chief Shawn Atleo Welcomes Commencement of Specific Claims Tribunal

Ottawa, Nov. 27 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes today’s announcement on the commencement of the work of the Specific Claims Tribunal with the appointment of three judges to this new body.We’ve been waiting a long time for this. We sincerely hope that this Tribunal will provide a viable alternative, […]

by NationTalk on November 29, 2009977 Views

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Twenty Years after MPs Promise To Eradicate Poverty: First Nations Child Poverty and Children in Care Rates Are At Crisis Levels

November 23, 2009 “It’s been twenty years since Parliament unanimously agreed to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. Today, far too many of our First Nations children live in extreme poverty and all its ugly manifestations,” said National Chief Shawn Atleo, who will attend tomorrow’s breakfast with MPs and Senators to mark […]

by NationTalk on November 25, 2009893 Views

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More Than 78 Teams, 1300 Students Complete Assembly of First Nations Fitness Challenge

OTTAWA, Nov. 17 – More than 78 teams and 1300 students completed an AFN Fitness Challenge aimed at raising awareness about the positive relationship between diabetes and healthy living. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, and AFN Women’s Council Chair Kathleen McHugh launched the challenge which called on teachers to organize teams of […]

by NationTalk on November 17, 20091983 Views

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AFN National Chief and First Nations Veterans of Canada Mark Remembrance Day by Calling for Justice for First Nations Veterans

OTTAWA, Nov. 10 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo and Norm Henderson, President of the First Nations Veterans of Canada will mark Remembrance Day by laying wreaths in honour of all Canada’s First Nations veterans.”We are marking November 11th by honouring all those who have served Canada with pride and distinction,” National […]

by NationTalk on November 11, 20091631 Views

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H1N1 Flu Virus: First Virtual Summit for First Nations Communities a Success

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Nov. 10, 2009 – Today, First Nations communities across Canada participated in a nationwide Virtual Summit on H1N1 preparedness, and shared information on how to deal with the second wave of H1N1 in their communities. The event was co-hosted by Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and National Chief of the Assembly of First […]

by NationTalk on November 10, 20091341 Views

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AFN Strategic Plan and Priorities

It’s Our Time to Fulfill our Rightful Place as Indigenous Nations The Assembly of First Nations is embarking on a new journey, a journey that is guided by the voices of our people, the teachings of our Elders and our knowledge of ourselves as the First Peoples of this land. Join us on this journey […]

by NationTalk on November 10, 20091590 Views

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Assembly of First Nations and Health Canada to Co-Host a Virtual Summit on H1N1 Preparedness November 10th, 2009

Ottawa, Ontario – Nov. 6, 2009 – On November 10, 2009 at 12:00 noon EST Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Shawn Atleo will co-host a Virtual Summit on H1N1 preparedness for First Nations communities.”The Government of Canada has been working closely with First Nations to help […]

by NationTalk on November 9, 20091578 Views

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Assembly of First Nations says Citizenship Issue does not end with McIvor case

OTTAWA, Nov. 5 – Although the Supreme Court of Canada announced, today, that it will not hear Sharon McIvor’s case regarding the continued gender discrimination in the “status” provisions of Indian Act, AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and AFN Women’s Council Chair Kathleen McHugh stated that First Nations will continue to push the federal […]

by NationTalk on November 6, 20091229 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Submission to The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

It’s Our Time: Strategic Investments to Support First Nations Pre-Budget Submission, 2009 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY These pre-budget consultations represent an important opportunity to provide input to priorities for the 2010 federal budget. The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has provided detailed and substantiated submissions over a number of years, yet calls for investment have gone largely […]

by NationTalk on November 4, 2009805 Views

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AFN National Chief congratulates Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on Landmark Victory in Fisheries Case

OTTAWA, Nov. 3 – Today, National Chief Shawn Atleo congratulated the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on a historic victory in the B.C. Supreme Court which recognized that Nuu-chah-nulth Nations have an Aboriginal right to harvest and sell all species of fish found within their territories.”This decision is an important recognition of First Nation’s culture, traditional economies […]

by NationTalk on November 4, 2009832 Views

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Media Advisory: AFN National Chief to celebrate Public Health Day at Naotkamegwanning First Nation and receive H1N1 vaccine with Chief White and Community Leaders

OTTAWA, Nov. 2 – On November 5th AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo will visit the Naotkamegwanning First Nation to celebrate a Public Health Day. The National Chief will also join Chief Warren White and other community leaders as they receive their H1N1 vaccination.Naotkamegwanning First Nation has dramatically improved its public health services since signing onto […]

by NationTalk on November 2, 2009823 Views

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Media Advisory – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo will deliver a pre-budget presentation entitled “It’s Our Time: Strategic Investments to Support First Nations” to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

OTTAWA, Nov. 2 – Today Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo will deliver a pre-budget presentation entitled “It’s Our Time: Strategic Investments to Support First Nations” to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, which will reinforce his call to Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs last week, for governments, First […]

by NationTalk on November 2, 20091369 Views

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AFN National Chief Atleo congratulates Guy Lonechild upon his election as chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

OTTAWA, Oct. 30 – Guy Lonechild was elected chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations yesterday in a third-ballot victory.”Chief Guy Lonechild served as a vice-chief for 9 years. He is very committed to the promotion and protection of treaty rights. As well he is knowledgeable about economic development, and has championed children’s issues, […]

by NationTalk on October 30, 2009979 Views

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A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo

October 2009 The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief’s activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN’s website at www.afn.caThe Assembly of First Nations is embarking on a strategic and forward-looking agenda. I believe this is our time, a time for Indigenous […]

by NationTalk on October 21, 20091392 Views

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National Chief Atleo welcomes involvement of Governor General in Truth and Reconciliation Process

OTTAWA, Oct. 15 – “Today marks another milestone along the long and painful path towards truth and reconciliation for survivors of Indian Residential Schools,” stated AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “I commend Governor General Michaelle Jean for her courage in being an honorary witness to some of the survivors’ stories. This day will not soon […]

by NationTalk on October 16, 20091011 Views

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National Chief Atleo congratulates Rick Simon upon his acclamation as Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

OTTAWA, Oct. 15 – Rick Simon was acclaimed yesterday to a sixth consecutive term as the Assembly of First Nations’ Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.”Regional Chief Simon has co-chaired our Chiefs committees on economic development and human resource development – two areas that are critical in building happy, healthy self-sufficient communities,” said National […]

by NationTalk on October 15, 2009891 Views

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AFN Launches Fitness Challenge for First Nations Students

OTTAWA, Oct. 15 – Today Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, and AFN Women’s Council Chair Kathleen McHugh announced the official launch of a fitness challenge aimed at First Nations students. The challenge will raise awareness about the positive relationship between healthy living and controlling diabetes.Teachers are organizing students into teams who will […]

by NationTalk on October 15, 20091437 Views

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Women’s History Month: AFN says Ottawa must take meaningful action on missing and murdered Indigenous women

OTTAWA, Oct. 1 – While international agencies like the United Nations and Amnesty International have expressed serious concerns about human rights issues surrounding more than 500 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, the federal government has responded with apathy.Today, to mark the beginning of Women’s History Month, AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo and AFN […]

by NationTalk on October 2, 20091034 Views

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National Chief Expresses sorrow at the passing of Tom Eagle

OTTAWA, Oct. 1 – National Chief Shawn Atleo expressed sorrow at the passing of Tom Eagle, who was an honoured Sergeant in the Canadian Army, and an activist for the rights of First Nations veterans.”Tom was, personally, a modest man, but he was fiercely proud of the contributions First Nations veterans made to Canada, and […]

by NationTalk on October 2, 2009984 Views

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AFN National Chief Congratulates New AFN Regional Chief for British Columbia

OTTAWA, Oct. 1 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo today congratulated Jody Wilson-Raybould on her election as the new AFN Regional Chief for British Columbia. “On behalf of myself and the entire AFN Executive, I extend my sincere congratulations to Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould on her victory,” National Chief Atleo said. “I […]

by NationTalk on October 2, 2009929 Views

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AFN National Chief Responds to Prime Minister’s Statements on Colonialism

“We (Canada) also have no history of colonialism.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper Speaking at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, PA September 25, 2009 Colonialism: the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory, or people; the system or policy by which a nation maintains or advocates such control or influence. OTTAWA, […]

by NationTalk on October 1, 20091788 Views

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Media Advisory – AFN launching Fitness Challenge for students, on October 15th 2009. Sign up for a chance to win prizes.

OTTAWA, Sept. 28 – The Assembly of First Nations is calling on teachers for help in organizing this year’s AFN Fitness Challenge which is aimed at students. The goal of the fitness challenge is to raise awareness about the positive relationship between diabetes and healthy living. Information for teachers about the challenge is available online […]

by NationTalk on September 28, 20091713 Views

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Government of Canada and AFN Confirm Protocol on H1N1

Ottawa, Ontario (Sept. 19, 2009) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC), and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, Shawn Atleo, met today to sign a Communications Protocol to affirm their commitment to work together on pandemic planning efforts.”Health Canada and […]

by NationTalk on September 20, 2009976 Views

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AFN National Chief Issues Statement regarding H1N1:

OTTAWA, Sept. 17 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo issued the following statement today regarding the H1N1 situation in First Nations communities: “The Assembly of First Nations has raised the issue of body bags being shipped to northern First Nations communities in Manitoba with the Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq. The […]

by NationTalk on September 17, 20091155 Views

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Human Rights Tribunal begins historic case alleging Federal Government discrimination against First Nation children in state care

OTTAWA, Sept. 14 – Today, a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal began hearing a historic case which asserts the federal government is discriminating against thousands of First Nation children in the federal child welfare system. It is the first time a human rights complaint case involving discrimination against First Nations has been filed with the Human […]

by NationTalk on September 14, 20091737 Views

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Assembly of First Nations Marks Second Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

OTTAWA, Sept. 11 – September 13, 2009 marks the second anniversary of the passing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada was one of only four countries in the world to vote against the UN Declaration, and continues to oppose it.”September 13 is a landmark day for the world’s Indigenous […]

by NationTalk on September 12, 20091221 Views

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Media Advisory: Historic First Nations Human Rights Case reaches the Human Rights Tribunal

OTTAWA, Sept. 11 – For the first time in history a case alleging that the federal government has discriminated against First Nations families and children will be heard by a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.This first and historic case which proceeds before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on September 14th, asserts that the federal government has […]

by NationTalk on September 11, 20091112 Views

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AFN National Chief Issues “Back to School” Statement to First Nations Students and Families

OTTAWA, Sept. 8 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo today issued the following statement: “Today marks the day when many students across the country are returning to school. And for some, it will be their first day of school, the start of a new journey.I want to take this opportunity to congratulate […]

by NationTalk on September 8, 2009962 Views

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