Assembly of First Nations Kicks off Annual General Assembly with IndigenACTION!

OTTAWA, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - Over 100 people gathered at Coronation Park in Toronto yesterday for the third annual IndigenACTION Friendship Run hosted by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national youth council and lead sponsor Tim Horton's.

AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and First Nation Olympian Waneek Horn-Miller, together with First Nation Elders, youth, the Longboat Running Club and other supporting sponsors spoke briefly prior to taking part in the 5 km run that kicks off AFN's 33rd Annual General Assembly (AGA) taking place in Toronto this week.

"We see more and more a movement toward achieving improved health, fitness and wellness among First Nations from coast to coast to coast, and this is what IndigenACTION is all about," said AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.  "Through IndigenACTION and other initiatives, we are putting the focus on healthy lifestyles as the foundation for healthy and strong communities and reaching out to make the connections that will help provide the support and initiatives necessary for Indigenous athletes to succeed.  Through increased community-based sport, recreation, fitness and wellness in our communities, we can and will provide the best opportunities for our peoples, particularly the youth, to thrive."

Launched July 2010, IndigenACTION aims to foster partnerships that will better ensure Indigenous peoples in Canada have an opportunity to grow themselves and their communities through community fitness, wellness, sport and recreation. It has helped to grow and enhance partnerships with Nike N7, Rick Hansen Foundation and Just Move It. A report on the findings of Phase 1 of the initiative is expected to be delivered to Chiefs at the AFN AGA this week. The report will outline the findings of the first two years of work compiled as a result of three national roundtables, identifying current best practices in Indigenous sport and wellness, as well as areas of required improvement from a community-based perspective.

First Nation leaders from across Canada are gathering in Toronto this week for AFN's 33rd AGA and election of National Chief which opens Tuesday morning with opening remarks by National Chief Atleo at 10am and an all candidates forum taking place later that day.  First ballot results of the election for National Chief are expected Wednesday afternoon. For more information visit

For more information on the AFN AGA visit  For more information on IndigenACTION visit

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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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