HALIFAX, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - First Nation leaders, Elders and youth
from across the country will gather in Mi'kmaq territory next week for
the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 35th national Annual General Assembly (AGA) taking place at the Halifax
World Trade and Convention Centre July 15-17. Chiefs and delegates will discuss key issues and determine strategies
and a path forward to advance First Nations priorities.
The Grand Entry will take place Tuesday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. followed
by remarks from local and regional First Nation leadership and
government officials and representatives. AFN Regional Chief and
national spokesperson Ghislain Picard will deliver opening remarks at
approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 15.
The main plenary of the AGA will be webcast on the AFN website at www.afn.ca. Media are required to register on-site. A detailed agenda is
available on the AFN website at http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/the-35th-annual-general-assembly.
The AGA is preceded by the AFN National First Nations Youth Summit
taking place Sunday, July 13 at the Halifax Marriott Halifax
Harbourfront. A meeting of the AFN Confederacy of Nations will take
place Monday, July 14 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.
At the AFN AGA, Assembly delegates will gather under the theme "Together
as Nations - Educate, Empower, Enlighten" to pass resolutions and
participate in strategy sessions to determine action and change based
on inherent Aboriginal rights, title and Treaties.
A number of First Nation priorities will be discussed during the
three-day Assembly, including a decision on the timing and location for
the next election of the AFN National Chief. As well, the impacts of
the recent Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot'in decision has been added
to the agenda based on direction from First Nations.
Special presentations will include reports from the national youth,
women and Elders councils and reports from the Confederacy of Nations,
and updates from national portfolio leaders in the areas of health,
Treaty implementation, claims and land rights.
Panel discussions with guest speakers and discussion will focus on the
following topics: Royal Proclamation and Treaty of Niagara,
Transforming AFN decision-making to support nation re-building,
International Opportunities and the World Conference on Indigenous
Peoples and UN Special Rapporteur Report on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples, Justice and Community Safety focusing on policing and missing
and murdered Indigenous women, Reconciliation and next steps and
support for former students of Indian Residential Schools.
The three-day Assembly will also feature special cultural events
coordinated by the AGA host committee and a Gala Dinner Reception will
be held Wednesday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m. - tickets available at AGA
Registration area at the World Trade and Convention Centre. For more
information on host committee events visit http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/gala_postcard.pdf.
AFN is hosting its 5th IndigenACTION 5K Friendship Walk/Run sponsored by
Tim Hortons on Monday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Point Pleasant Park.
Registration is open to everyone and takes place on site at 6:00 p.m.
AFN and the AFN AGA Host Committee are pleased to acknowledge
sponsorship by TD Bank as well as the Province of Nova Scotia and Cape
The Assembly of First Nation is the national organization representing
First Nation citizens in Canada. Follow the #AFNAGA on Twitter
SOURCE: Assembly of First Nations
For further information:
Don Kelly, AFN Communications Director 613-292-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-314-8157 or email@example.com
Moira Macleod, AGA Host Committee Communications Manager (902) 441-6956 or firstname.lastname@example.org