The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is pleased to announce that free registration is now open for the 42nd Annual General Assembly (AGA) and election of National Chief taking place virtually July 6-8, 2021.
First Nations leaders, Knowledge Keepers, Women, Youth and Veterans from coast to coast to coast will gather online to celebrate the progress and deliberate priorities for continued advocacy. Chiefs from more then 600 First Nation communities across Canada will gather virtually to vote in the Election for National Chief on July 7, 2021. Thousands of First Nation citizens, government officials, partners, interested Canadians and media will be tuning in to see who Chiefs will elect to lead the AFN to represent their interests and advocate on their behalf for the next three years.
This year’s AGA theme, Building Our Future, will focus on maintaining the momentum of progress and on the action required to rebuild from a pandemic. The three-day event will feature welcoming remarks from host nations near Toronto, ON, updates from Regional Chiefs from across Canada as well as remarks by and an honouring of outgoing National Chief Perry Bellegarde.
The AFN and the Chief Electoral Officer are working diligently to ensure First Nation Chiefs and proxies are familiar with the online and telephone voting options and voter registration process. AFN staff will be reaching out to each First Nation in advance of the AGA to offer assistance in registration and will be available as well by phone during the AGA. Resources and videos to support Chiefs and proxies will be posted to the AFN website. A help desk and IT support will be available by telephone on July 7.
The AFN looks forward to a successful AGA and the time we can welcome First Nations and all AGA delegates and guests together again in person.
More details will be shared in the weeks ahead. For more information please visit https://www.afn.ca/2021-annual-general-assembly/.