Media Advisory - BC Assembly of First Nations

COAST SALISH TERRITORY, BC and VANCOUVER, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The BCAFN is a Political Territorial Organization (PTO) that represents the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. The BCAFN is a regional arm of the National Assembly of First Nations (AFN), which makes the Regional Chief an Executive Member of the AFN Executive Committee. The Regional Chief represents the regional concerns of the BCAFN constituents on the Executive Committee to ensure that regional perspectives are included in National political discussions and decision-making. The Regional Chief also holds specific portfolios that deal with national policy issues and concerns. A strong leader is required in this era of cutbacks and a struggling economy to work cooperatively with the National Chief to advocate on behalf of BC First Nations and achieve tangible results in addressing the honour of the crown, education and training, and quality of life in First Nation communities. A Regional Chief with a strong vision is needed to revitalize the relationship between the crown and First Nations. First Nation's youth require strong, exemplary leaders to help them achieve their potential. The Regional Chief's seat has been vacant since Shawn A-in-chut Atleo successfully ran for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations this past July.

                   What:     BCAFN Regional Chief Election

                   When:     September 30 and October 1, 2009

                   Where:    Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre
                             100 Capilano Rd. North Vancouver BC

                   When:     First Ballot (Oct 1)         9:00am - 10:30am
                             Second Ballot                11:00am - 12:30pm
                             Third Ballot (if necessary)  1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Five candidates are running for the position of Regional Chief for the BC
    Assembly of First Nations

                   Shane Gottfriedson      (Tke'mlups/Kamloops Indian Band)
                   Stewart Phillip         (Penticton Indian Band)
                   Lynda Price             (Ulkatcho First Nations)
                   Robert Shintah          (Ts'kw'aylaxw Indian/Band)
                   Jody Wilson Raybould    (We Wai Kai First Nation)

SOURCE BC Assembly of First Nations

For further information: For further information: Please direct media inquiries to: Dallas Squire - (778) 899-9372; Chantelle Krish - (778) 990-9544

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