National Chief Shawn Atleo Receives Second Term with the Assembly of First Nations
NATIONAL CHIEF SHAWN ATLEO RECEIVES
SECOND TERM WITH THE ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 18, 2012, Toronto, Ontario… The day started off on an optimistic note for the candidates running for the top position of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). For the first time in AFN history, eight candidates vied for the position of National Chief and four of them being women.
Incumbents Shawn Atleo, Pam Palmater, Ellen Gabriel, Bill Erasmus, Joan Jack, Terrance Nelson, Diane Kelly and George Stanley all campaigned to lead the national advocacy organization. Over 500 Chiefs from across Canada cast their ballots in Wednesday’s election in Toronto. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) attended the AFN Annual General Assembly to vote in the National Chief’s election.
At the heart of our Indigenous communities, is the recognition and implementation of our Inherent Right to Self Determination and Treaty. The elected National Chief will have to echo that message to the Federal government.
“On behalf of the Saskatchewan Chiefs we congratulate Shawn Atleo on his successful bid as National Chief. We look forward to a positive and collaborative working relationship that will lead to unified action as we deal with the issues that affect our Peoples and communities,” said Interim Chief Morley Watson.
Former Saskatchewan Indigenous leaders lead the development of the AFN, including Walter Dieter, Noel Starblanket and David Ahenakew.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
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