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Assembly of First Nations to elect new national chief in Ottawa this week – CityNews

December 4, 2023

OTTAWA — The Assembly of First Nations is set to elect a new national chief this week in Ottawa during a three-day special assembly.

The organization represents more than 600 First Nations chiefs in Canada, and they or their proxies are slated to elect the next national chief in a special assembly vote expected to take place on Wednesday.

Chiefs are also expected to vote on resolutions for a national First Nations homelessness action plan, languages funding and health care, among other priorities.

The contest comes after the dramatic ouster of former national chief RoseAnne Archibald, who was voted out after colleagues accused her of creating a toxic work environment — an allegation she has denied.

Six candidates are in the running to secure the top job, including Reginald Bellerose, Craig Makinaw, Sheila North, David Pratt, Dean Sayers and Cindy Woodhouse.

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