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May 28, 2021
Last December, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national chief announced he would not seek re-election. Coming up on the next leadership vote on July 7, it may be important to discuss what AFN wants to be and where it wants to go.
Here are some observations and some advice for the incoming national chief, as well as some suggestions for the organization as a whole.
But first, there are some good things to mention about departing national chief Perry Bellegarde.
Bellegarde was instrumental in ensuring that Indigenous voices were heard during the pandemic response. For that, he deserves credit. He was quite vocal in the call for more federal resources for First Nations threatened by COVID-19. Indigenous communities were some of the most vulnerable to the virus – in terms of health indicators and the lack of health infrastructure.
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