Assembly of First Nations to Announce Delegates for Historic First Meeting With Pope Francis

Published: Nov 25, 2021Bulletin

(Ottawa, ON):  The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) will host a virtual press conference with a selection of the 13 First Nation delegates meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis this December. The delegation, along with delegates from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council, will visit the Holy Father marks a major milestone and is grounded in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #58.

The participants at the virtual press conference include:

  • Assembly of First Nations NWT Regional Chief Norman Yakeleya, Delegation Lead
  • Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse
  • Dr. Wilton Littlechild, Delegation Spokesperson
  • Fred Kelly, Spiritual Advisor
  • Phil Fontaine, Knowledge Keeper
  • Kukpi7 Chief Rosanne Casimir, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation
  • Rosalie LaBillois, New Brunswick AFN youth rep
  • Taylor Tsakoza-Behn, BC AFN youth rep

The names and titles of all 13 delegates will be available following the press conference.

DATE: Thursday, November 25, 2021              

TIME: 2:00 pm E.T.

LOCATION: Zoom web link

In addition to these representative delegates, a technical advisor will be available to answer questions relating to background, logistics and other details. Please note that media attending through a personal Zoom account should change their participant information to reflect their name and news outlet.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

For more information please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary
National Chief’s Office
613-612-7229 (mobile)
[email protected]

Lori Kittelberg
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
604-340-3117 (mobile)
[email protected]

Kelly Reid
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 (mobile)
[email protected]