Statement On The Re-Election Of The Assembly Of First Nations' National Chief
July 18th, 2012 - 4:14pm
On behalf of Canada's Official Opposition, I offer my sincere congratulations to Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election as the head of the Assembly of First Nations. I look forward to continuing to work with National Chief Atleo.
I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the candidates for putting their names forward.
The Assembly of First Nations represents chiefs from across the country and plays a crucial role in ensuring First Nations' voices are heard in Ottawa.
AFN National Chiefs led the call for an historic residential schools apology in the House of Commons and a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help heal the wounds of intergenerational tragedy. National Chiefs have helped make all Canadians aware of the reality of life on reserves and the urgent need for action to improve living standards and provide better educational opportunities for young people.
New Democrats value the important work of the AFN. We are unwavering in our commitment to respect the inherent rights and title of Canada's First Nations.