Media Advisory - First Nations from Across Canada to Gather in Gatineau for AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 10 -12, 2013

OTTAWA, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - First Nation leaders, Elders, youth and other delegates from across Canada will gather in Gatineau (QC) December 10-12, 2013 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly under the theme "Drawing Strength from Within - Coming Together as Nations for Change." The Special Chiefs Assembly is a national forum to engage on strategy and action to address the priorities facing First Nation citizens and communities.

Highlights of the Assembly include key discussions and strategy on Comprehensive Claims Reform, Treaty Implementation, First Nations Control of First Nations Education, "Towards a First Nations Energy Strategy", "Supporting Safety and Security for our People and Communities", Indian Residential Schools, Youth Engagement, Health and International Priorities.

AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo announced yesterday that he will be participating in memorial services for Madiba Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10.  He will provide opening remarks on Tuesday, December 10 by video at approximately 9:00 a.m.

A full agenda of the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly is available at: http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/2013-special-chiefs-assembly

There is no cost for accredited media to attend the Special Chiefs Assembly but registration is required.  Media are invited to register on-site beginning Tuesday December 10.

View the webcast of the Special Chiefs Assembly by following the links at www.afn.ca.

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Comms, @AFN_Updates.

SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information:

Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or agaron@afn.ca

Jenna Young AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or jyoung@afn.ca