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Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly and National Chief Election

Press Release

Nov 30, 2023

(Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario) – First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, women, youth, and veterans from across Canada will gather for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly and Election of the National Chief from December 5-7, 2023, in Ottawa, Ontario. On July 11, 2023, First Nations-in-Assembly passed AFN Resolution 34/2023, Appointment of Chief Electoral Officer and Timing of the Election of the National Chief, which set the timing of the next election for December 2023 during the upcoming Special Chiefs Assembly.

Dates: December 5-7, 2023

Location: Hybrid (in-person and online)
Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9J2

Assembly Highlights:

Date Time (EST) Details
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 10:45 AM Grand Entry and Opening Remarks from the Interim National Chief Joanna Bernard
5:30 PM All Candidates Forum
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 9:00 AM AFN Election for the National Chief Opens
4:00 PM Announcement of the First Ballot Results

*Additional ballots may follow as necessary, with timings provided by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Date/Time (EST) Details
TBD Oath of Office Ceremony for the newly elected National Chief
TBD Remarks from the newly elected National Chief
TBD Media availability with the newly elected National Chief

Media accreditation is required. Please register in advance at For more information and to access the draft agenda, please visit:


The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern.

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Contact Information:

Kelly Reid
Senior Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
(613) 292-0857 (mobile)

Genna Benson
Director of Communications
Assembly of First Nations
604-340-3117 (mobile)


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