National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak Congratulates Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan on Appointment as the New Chief of Defence Staff

Published: Jul 05, 2024Press Release

(July 5, 2024 – Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ottawa) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak released the following statement today congratulating Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan on her appointment as the new Chief of Defence Staff:

“I extend my congratulations to Lieutenant-General Jennie Carignan for her appointment as the new chief of Defence Staff. Her extensive experience and background make her a strong choice for this important position. I also celebrate Lieutenant-General Carignan as the first woman to be Chief of Defence Staff, marking a significant achievement in the advancement of women in leadership roles within the Canadian Armed Forces. I look forward to working with her to ensure the Canadian Armed Forces becomes an even more inclusive and welcoming to First Nations.

Additionally, I would like to express my gratitude to the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre, for his four decades of dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces.”

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern. 

Contact information:

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

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