Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly and National Chief Election

Published: Nov 30, 2023Press Release

(Ottawa, Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario) – First Nations leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, women, youth, and veterans from across Canada will gather for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly and Election of the National Chief from December 5-7, 2023, in Ottawa, Ontario. On July 11, 2023, First Nations-in-Assembly passed AFN Resolution 34/2023, Appointment of Chief Electoral Officer and Timing of the Election of the National Chief, which set the timing of the next election for December 2023 during the upcoming Special Chiefs Assembly.

Dates: December 5-7, 2023

Location: Hybrid (in-person and online)  
Shaw Centre
55 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9J2

Assembly Highlights:


Time (EST)


Tuesday, December 5, 2023

10:45 AM

Grand Entry and Opening Remarks from the Interim National Chief Joanna Bernard  

5:30 PM

All Candidates Forum

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

9:00 AM

AFN Election for the National Chief Opens

4:00 PM

Announcement of the First Ballot Results

*Additional ballots may follow as necessary, with timings provided by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Date/Time (EST)



Oath of Office Ceremony for the newly elected National Chief


Remarks from the newly elected National Chief


Media availability with the newly elected National Chief


Media accreditation is required. Please register in advance at For more information and to access the draft agenda, please visit:


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Contact Information:

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

Genna Benson
Director of Communications
Assembly of First Nations
604-340-3117 (mobile)
[email protected]