The Senate human rights committee began studying the issue back in 2019 and found that — far from being a problem of the distant past — forced and coerced sterilization was still taking place in Canada and Indigenous women were not the only people affected.
AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald had been calling for a forensic audit, alleging corruption within the organization.
The bill, tabled June 30, would amend the Canada Elections Act to allow a ballot to be printed in an Indigenous language “using the appropriate writing systems for that language, including syllabics if applicable,” if an elector requests one or if an electoral district is on Indigenous land.
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)
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.
Sixty-four delegates representing Dehcho communities cast ballots. Tim Lennie was voted out in first round with 14 votes, while Jim Antoine and Herb Norwegian received 20 and 28 respectively.
Archibald says allegations of bullying, harassment ‘manufactured distraction,’ calls for forensic audit of AFN