Educators from Across Canada to Gather for National First Nations Directors of Education Forum: AFN National Chief to Provide Opening Remarks

Published: Feb 20, 2018News

February 20, 2018


(Ottawa, ON):  Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will make opening remarks at the start of a two-day national forum on First Nations education.

DATE: Wednesday February 21, 2018
TIME: 9:00 a.m. ET
LOCATION: Mozart Room, Hilton Lac Leamy
3 Boulevard du Casino, Gatineau, QC

Hosted this year on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Nation, the First Nations Directors of Education National Forum runs February 21-22.  It will bring together more than 500 First Nations directors of education, educators, government officials and leaders for professional development and to share perspectives and engage in critical dialogue.

National Chief Bellegarde will speak to the opportunity for change while honouring the past in the path toward First Nations control of First Nations education.

Under the theme Honouring our Traditions, Soaring to our Potential, the Forum will host four sets of breakout sessions and two panel discussions focused on First Nations education.  Ashley Callingbull, the first Indigenous Mrs. Universe and a strong advocate motivational speaker will give a keynote speech on Wednesday.

For more information see the provisional agenda:


The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates and #Fairness4kids


For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 116
343-540-6179 (cell)
[email protected]

Jenna Young Castro
Communications Officer – Assembly of First Nations
613-241-6789 ext. 201
613-314-8157 mobile
[email protected]