AFN Chiefs Vote to End National Chief’s Suspension, Pass Financial Review
By Andrew Kennard
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) delegates voted against upholding National Chief RoseAnne Archibald’s suspension and to heed her calls for an investigation.
The AFN is a national advocacy organization representing First Nations across Canada. On June 17, the AFN National Executive Committee and Board of Directors voted to suspend Archibald with pay, pending an investigation into four complaints against her.
In a statement On Tuesday, the AFN called on Archibald to stop making actions or statements “that constitute serious breaches of the confidentiality and privacy of AFN employees, service providers and others, including making broad allegations of misconduct”.
AFN said Friday that the First Nations in Assembly reaffirmed their support for Archibald. Radio-Canada News reported On Tuesday, the assembly rejected a resolution to maintain Archibald’s suspension, and Global News reported Thursday that they passed a resolution to review the financial policies of the AFN.
“It is you who determine the discipline I face, not the regional chiefs,” Archibald told the General Assembly in a speech broadcast by APTN News. “It is time for you, chiefs, to take over the AFN.”
The AFN had said on June 17 that a public statement by Archibald the previous day was contrary to his oath of office and the AFN’s code of conduct and whistleblower policy. Archibald had published a statement criticizing an investigation against her and calling for a forensic audit and an independent investigation into the conduct of the NPC over the past eight years.
The financial review will cover conflict of interest issues and contract awards and make recommendations on enhancing transparency and accountability, according to Global News. In his June 16 statement, Archibald said four staff members attempted to obtain more than $1 million in contract payments and initiated an investigation to “prevent me from uncovering wrongdoing within the company. ‘APN’.
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