OTTAWA, Dec. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - Hundreds of First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and other delegates are set to gather December 4-6, 2018 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) taking place at the Westin Hotel on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario. Chiefs and delegates will gather under the theme "Acknowledging our Challenges, Successes and Opportunities" to assess progress, set priorities and strategic direction for the coming year.
Agenda Highlights (note agenda times are approximate, full agenda is on the AFN website):
Day 1 – Tuesday December 4, 2018
- 8:30 a.m. - Grand Entry
- 9 a.m. - AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Opening Address.
- 9:30 a.m. - Honouring of Veteran Louis Oakes and the late Chief St-Denis of Wolf Lake First Nation.
- 11 a.m. - Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
- 1:15 p.m. - Discussion on Rights Recognition.
Day 2 – Wednesday December 5, 2018
- 8:45 a.m. - Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada.
- 9:15 a.m. - Honourable Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
- 10 a.m. - Updates and Discussion on: Bill C-262, Carbon tax, Cannabis
- 1:30 p.m. - Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
- 3:45 p.m. - Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
Day 3 – Thursday December 6, 2018
- 9:30 a.m. - Updates and Discussion on: Policing, Federal Elections.
- 10:30 a.m. - Jagmeet Singh, New Democratic Party Leader.
- 11 a.m. - Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader.
- 11:45 a.m. - Chief Rudy Turtle, Grassy Narrows First Nation.
- 4 p.m. - Updates and Discussion on: Moose Hide Campaign, Indigenomics.
- 4:30 p.m. - National Chief Perry Bellegarde Closing Remarks
During the SCA, First Nation leaders and delegates will discuss Education, Fisheries, Health, the Environment, Economic Partnerships, Early Learning and Child Care, Rights Recognition, Housing, Policing, Cannabis, federal legislation and other priorities.
Media accreditation is required and media are encouraged to register in advance through the contacts listed below.
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: Monica Poirier, Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-292-0857 (Cell), [email protected]; Jenna Young Castro, Senior Communications Advisor, 613-314-8157 (cell), [email protected]