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Makinaw stresses inclusive leadership and respecting voices –

by ahnationtalk on November 21, 202342 Views

November 20th, 2023

“You have to look at everybody and treat all the chiefs fair, so that they’re heard and their decisions are respected.” —candidate for AFN national chief Craig Makinaw

Craig Makinaw was “thinking about how things are” and that thought led him to a very last-minute nomination as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

How things are, he says, relates to “all that’s happened over the last year with AFN internally and we just need to work at it to make things better. And I think that’s something I could help with (by) working with the chiefs and the regional chiefs.”

Over the past two-and-a-half years, tension has run high within the AFN amongst leaders and staff. The last elected national chief, RoseAnne Archibald, was ousted in a battle that pit some community chiefs against the AFN executive at times.

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