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AFN takes tumultuous road to annual meeting after ousting national chief – larongeNOW

Jul 10, 2023

Hundreds of Indigenous leaders are to gather in Halifax this week for the Assembly of First Nations annual meetingas the advocacy organization tries to forge a path forward after the tumultuous leadership and ousting of its national chief.

“I think this is another opportunity to try to reset and get some work done,” said Scott McLeod, chief of Nipissing First Nation in Ontario.

Former national chief RoseAnne Archibald has said she may attend the meeting, scheduled to take place Tuesday through Thursday, and is asking for chiefs to reinstate her.

Archibald was voted out during a special chiefs assembly on June 28 that also dealt with a human resources investigation related to complaints AFN staff filed against her. The resolution passed with support from about 70 per cent of those who took part in the virtual meeting.

McLeod voted to oust the former national chief after learning the summary of the human resources investigation. It reviewed five complaints against Archibald and found some of her behaviour amounted to harassment. It also found Archibald failed to maintain confidentiality and breached AFN policy, including by retaliating against complainants.

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