Media Advisory - Assembly of First Nations to Convene National Special Chiefs Assembly in Gatineau: National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Hold Press Conference Tuesday, December 6

OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 2016 /CNW/ - First Nation leaders, Elders, youth and citizens from across the country are gathering next week for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) at Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau (QC), from December 6-8.  Chiefs and delegates will gather under the theme "Advancing Reconciliation" to discuss key priorities and set strategies for the coming year. Federal Cabinet Ministers and other speakers will participate throughout the three day Assembly.

AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde will provide Opening Remarks to the Assembly at approximately 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6 and will hold a press conference at 3:00 p.m. that day at Hilton Lac Leamy in the Julien Room.

The Grand Entry will take place Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. First Nations in Canada will be honouring Gord Downie for his work on the Secret Path/Downie-Wenjack fund at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6.

The agenda for the Special Chiefs Assembly is available on the AFN website at The agenda is subject to change. Media can contact AFN Communications Officers during the Assembly for the latest information.

Media are required to register and advance registration is recommended through the media contacts listed below. Media can register onsite. There is no fee for media to attend. The main plenary of the SCA will be webcast on the AFN website.

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


SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-292-0857,; Jenn Jefferys, AFN Communications Officer, 613-222-9656,

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