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AFN national chief ousted. Now what? – Troy Media

Jul 6, 2023

It is time to reconsider the purpose of the AFN and how it selects its national chief

Many Canadians were shocked to hear that RoseAnne Archibald, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), had been ousted in a vote of non-confidence.

Careful observers were probably not surprised about this turn of events, given allegations of a toxic work environment under the first female national chief. Many observers thought the allegations were a reprisal for Archibald’s decision to initiate an internal audit of the AFN regarding alleged corruption and financial mismanagement. In fact, an independent investigation into the workplace allegations revealed there was substance to the charges.

In the recent vote among chiefs and proxies, some chiefs thought that the spectacle had brought the organization into disrepute and needed to be resolved once and for all. A lower turnout for the vote was interpreted by some observers as a signal of non-confidence in Archibald’s leadership.

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