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Assembly of First Nations

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations and their citizens in Canada. The AFN has been structured to be a national delegated forum for determining and harmonizing effective collective and cooperative measures on any subject matters that First Nations delegate for review, study, response or action.

First Nation leaders (Chiefs) from coast to coast to coast direct the work of AFN through resolutions passed at Chiefs Assemblies held at least twice a year.

The AFN National Executive is made up of the National Chief, 10 Regional Chiefs and the chairs of the Elders, Women’s and Youth councils. Regional Chiefs are elected every three years by Chiefs in their regions. Chiefs, who are elected by the citizens and members of their respective communities, elect the National Chief every three years.

The role of the National Chief and the AFN is to advocate on behalf of First Nations as directed by Chiefs-in-Assembly. This includes facilitation and coordination of national and regional discussions and dialogue, advocacy efforts and campaigns, legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments, including facilitating relationship building between First Nations and the Crown as well as public and private sectors and general public.

The Assembly of First Nations depends heavily on government contributions for its activities.

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Assembly of First Nations
55 Metcalfe Street
Suite 1600
Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5

Telephone: 613-241-6789
Toll-Free: 1-866-869-6789
Fax: 613-241-5808



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