OTTAWA, June 27, 2018 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde congratulates the newly elected Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, elected this morning at the 44th All Ontario Chiefs Conference hosted by Nipissing First Nation.
"On behalf of the entire AFN Executive Committee, I congratulate Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald on her victory today in a strong show of support by Ontario First Nations leadership," said AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde. "I stand with her as she begins the important work ahead to ensure First Nations rights are upheld and First Nations children, families and citizens are supported and given every opportunity to succeed. She is the first woman elected to this position and this is yet another of her many accomplishments. She has tremendous experience as a Chief, Deputy Chief and Grand Chief and the AFN will benefit from her strong voice and insight, as will First Nations across the country. I honour all the candidates who took part in the election today and their willingness to serve their people."
Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald is a member of Taykwa Tagamou Nation and began her political career at the age of 23 when she was elected Chief of her First Nation and served two separate terms. She comes with 30 years of experience of working within First Nations political organizations, as Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and Grand Chief of Mushkegowuk Council.
The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario.
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