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Some First Nations leaders criticize probe into national chief’s workplace conduct – CBC

Feb 02, 2023

AFN holding special chiefs assembly in April to conclude business overshadowed by controversy

Some First Nations chiefs are calling for a different type of workplace investigation to probe claims that the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations bullied and harassed staff — while others are urging the national advocacy organization to get back to business.

In a memo sent on Jan. 26 to chiefs-in-assembly, Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald called the probe into her workplace behaviour a “colonial legal process” that distracts from the AFN’s real work.

Chief Wendy Jocko of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation told CBC News she wants to see a new investigation that’s not led by an outside legal firm.

“There should be a new process that’s grounded in cultural traditions and moving away from the colonial processes,” Jocko said.

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