AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald had been calling for a forensic audit, alleging corruption within the organization.
Money to compensate young people harmed by Canada’s discriminatory child welfare system is expected to begin flowing to First Nations sometime next year, now that the federal government and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have reached a final settlement agreement.
AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald arrives at the annual general assembly at the Vancouver Convention Centre with a small group of supporters including First Nations chiefs and grassroots community members. (Ka’nhehsí:io Deer/CBC)
“This decision, in our view, properly declined to intervene in the Executive Committee’s decision to suspend the National Chief, and does not support the claims that our actions were illegal or outside our authority,”
– Regional Chief Paul Prosper, spokesperson for the AFN.
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador says it’s disappointed to learn only 400 seats have been allocated to survivors of residential schools in Quebec as Pope Francis visits the province for mass later this month. The mass will be held near Quebec City at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica on July 28, when the Pope is expected to apologize in person for the Catholic Church’s role in the residential school system.
The AFN’s executive committee voted to suspend her with pay on June 17, pending the outcome of investigations into four complaints against her, and has barred her from the AFN’s annual general meeting in July, where there will be a non-confidence vote on her leadership. Archibald insists she will attend that meeting.
Archibald says allegations of bullying, harassment ‘manufactured distraction,’ calls for forensic audit of AFN
“As leader of the AFN, it is my duty to advise His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales that the very frauds and abuses which The Royal Proclamation directed be ended have only been perpetrated and permitted and that cannot and should not occur further.”
– Assembly of First Nations National Chief Roseanne Archibald