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Over 900 Aboriginal senior leaders gather to attend AFOA National Conference in Calgary, Alberta – February 24 – 26, 2009

by NationTalk on February 23, 20091281 Views

CALGARY, Feb. 23 – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada is holding its 9th National Conference February 24 – 26, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary, Alberta. A record 950 Aboriginal leaders, senior managers and professionals will be in attendance.The Conference theme is “Building our Economy: Strategies for Success”. With increasing economic control of resources and successful land claim settlements, never before have there been so many opportunities for economic expansion and creating wealth in Aboriginal communities. This conference will explore strategies to build Aboriginal economies and help Aboriginals attain economic self-suffiency and seize control of their economic future including leveraging partnerships with Corporate Canada.

The Conference is being co-chaired by Romeo CrowChief, Chair, AFOA Canada and Kathleen McHugh, Chair, Assembly of First Nations’ Women’s Council. Conference sessions throughout the two days will highlight how strong leadership, effective management, financial stewardship, a focus on accountability to community members and strategic planning can translate into economic success.

Over 50 speakers are on the two-day program including Chief Gibby Jacob, Squamish First Nation, British Columbia, Andrew Popko, Vice-President, Aboriginal Affairs, EnCana Corporation, Chief David Peter-Paul, Pabineau First Nation, New Brunswick, Chief Arthur Noskey, Loon River Cree First Nation, Alberta, Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plain First Nation, Manitoba, and Grand Chief Timothy Dooley Thompson, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Ontario.

The 3rd Annual Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Awards will be presented on Wednesday, February 25th at lunch. The Awards are designed to encourage Aboriginal youth to enter into the financial management profession.

The sixth annual Xerox-AFOA Excellence in Leadership Awards will be presented at the Conference Banquet on Thursday, February 26th. The Award is presented to Aboriginal leaders who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in Aboriginal finance and management.

AFOA Canada was founded as a not-for-profit association in 1999 to enhance finance and management in Aboriginal communities and organizations. The organization’s 1,400 members believe that sound management is a key building block of social and economic prosperity for Aboriginal communities, organizations and people.

For more information on the conference program and AFOA, visit

For further information: Suzanne Seebach, Director, Programs, Services & Communications, AFOA Canada, AFOA Conference Office, Hyatt Regency Calgary, (403) 537-6825, Cell: (613) 371-6836,

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