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North wants to get AFN back to being relevant –

November 20th, 2023

The AFN must get back to “the real basics of who we are and what our people have said all along, and that is to govern ourselves and have an organization that supports that.” —candidate for AFN national chief Sheila North

In her 2022 memoir My Privilege, My Responsibility, Sheila North wrote about the sexism and bullying she faced while running for the highest leadership positions in a number of First Nations organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

But that prior experience hasn’t stopped North from entering the AFN race for national chief a second time. She was runner-up to Perry Bellegarde, who won his second term in the AFN top job in 2018.

“I’m looking forward to working with chiefs that value everyone in the circle, and I’m looking forward to having conversations around inclusivity and respect,” said North of the Bunibonibee Cree Nation in Manitoba.

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