AFN National Chief Welcomes Morley Googoo as New Regional Chief for Nova Scotia-Newfoundland Morley Googoo - Congratulates Outgoing Regional Chief Simon for Exemplary Service to First Nations

OTTAWA, April 29 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo issued the following statement congratulating Morley Googoo on his election as the incoming AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia-Newfoundland.  He will assume his duties after a brief transition period.  The National Chief stated:

"On behalf of the entire Assembly of First Nations, I want to congratulate Morley Googoo on becoming the new Regional Chief and welcome him as a new member of the AFN Executive Committee. He is a strong leader who has served as Chief of his community and as Co-Chair of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him and I know he will be a strong representative for his people and his region.

Last November, I was honoured to be invited to his home Mi'kmaq community of Waycobah First Nation in Nova Scotia where I witnessed firsthand the traditional values of the people and leadership skills of Regional Chief Googoo.  He had just been elected to a new term as Chief and there was a swearing in ceremony for a new advisory council of Elders, a first in the Atlantic Region.

I also want to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the AFN Executive to thank outgoing Regional Chief Rick Simon for 17 dedicated years of service to the First Nations in his region and, indeed, across the country. Rick Simon is a tireless worker and truly dedicated to his people.  His assistance at the national level on key issues has been crucial and he has steered important files like economic development and fisheries. We have all learned from Rick and I know the entire AFN Executive benefited from his insight and experience.  He will be missed but we wish him well in the next steps on his journey."

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

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For further information:

Don Kelly, AFN A/Communications Director (613) 241-6789 (334) or dkelly@afn.ca

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

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer (613) 241-6789, ext 382 or agaron@afn.ca 

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