Hundreds of First Nations leaders, elders, women, youth and other delegates are set to gather in Ottawa for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) this week to set priorities and strategic direction for the coming year.
The three-day meeting at the Westin Hotel will take place under the theme “Acknowledging our Challenges, Successes and Opportunities,” the AFN said in a press release.
It will also be attended by several federal cabinet ministers, including Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada Jane Philpott and Dominic Leblanc, Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
The Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly starts tomorrow morning with Grand Entry at 8:30 a.m. (EST) followed by welcoming remarks and Opening Address by National Chief @perrybellegarde Watch it live: https://t.co/oBKzqb1pqM #AFNSCA2018 pic.twitter.com/YzPLAchwFB
— AFN (@AFN_Updates) December 3, 2018
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May are also expected to address the assembly.
The participants will focus on wide range of issues affecting Canada’s Indigenous communities – from education, fisheries, health, the environment, economic partnerships, to early learning and child care, rights recognition, housing, policing, cannabis legalization, federal legislation and other priorities, the AFN said.