Assembly of First Nations 33rd Annual General Assembly Welcomes More than 3000 Delegates, Reaffirms Direction Forward

OTTAWA, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Over 3000 delegates gathered in Toronto last week for the 33rd Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly, where more than 500 First Nation leaders reaffirmed a direction forward re-electing National Chief Shawn Atleo and engaging in focused dialogue and strategy sessions for action in First Nation priority areas.  National Chief Atleo will take forward the clear and focused mandate as reaffirmed by Chiefs-in-Assembly last week to the Council of the Federation taking place in Halifax, Nova Scotia this week.

"On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, I offer thanks and congratulations to all those that participated in our 33rd Annual General Assembly, proudly hosted and welcomed by the Mississaugas of New Credit and the AFN AGA 2012 Host Committee," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo.  "First Nations from across Canada have reaffirmed a direction forward, and I look forward to continuing to support and take forward a refreshed and reaffirmed mandate from First Nations from coast to coast to coast."

During the three-day Annual General Assembly, First Nation leaders and technicians engaged in strategy sessions on critical areas for action, including achieving safety and security for Indigenous women and girls, water and infrastructure, education and resource development.  Chiefs-in-Assembly passed 28 resolutions that will continue to mandate the work of the AFN and national executive.  An additional six resolutions have been referred to AFN national executive for consideration.

Special recognition and honours were awarded to the late Dr. Harold Cardinal for Treaty Rights Recognition, Jessica Yee for Youth Advocacy and Dayna McKay for Health Advocacy.  The AFN Circle of Trade Show showcased 150 companies and organizations.

There were a number of special side events, including the IndigenACTION 5k Friendship Walk/Run and a number of cultural and commemorative events, including a memorial service honouring First Nation contributions to the War of 1812.

First Nations were engaged like never before, including over 500 people tuning in to a live web cast and thousands watching live media coverage and engaging in social media networks.

National Chief Atleo was re-elected for a second term as AFN National Chief July 18, 2012 on the third ballot. Below is a breakdown of election results adopted by motion and approved by consensus by Chiefs-in-Assembly immediately following the election.

2012 AFN Election Results:

   Total  AB BC  MB  NB  NL  NS  NT ON  PE  QC  SK  YT
Registered Chiefs & Proxies  553 32  173 60 15 2 13 18  127 2 35 64 12
Ballot Round 1 540 32 170 57 15 2 13 16 125 2 35 61 12
Ballot Round 2 535 32 172 56 15 2 13 18 121 2 32 60 12
Ballot Round 3 512 29 169 58 13 2 11 17 116 2 30 53 12

Candidate  Ballot Round 1  Ballot Round 2  Ballot Round 3
Shawn Atleo 284 318 341
Pam Palmater 95 107 141
Bill Erasmus 29 34 30
Diane M. Kelly 39 34 X
Terrance Nelson  35 25 X
Ellen Gabriel 33 17 X
Joan Jack 20 X X
George Stanley 5 X X
Total Votes 540 535 512

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


For further information:

Jenna Young AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or

Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or

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