Election for national chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations held in Toronto

Bill Erasmus, chief of the Dene Nation, is running for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. (CBC)Voting is underway in Toronto, Canada today for national chief of Canada’s Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

The organization represents over 630 First Nations groups in Canada.

Shawn Atleo, a hereditary chief from the Ahousaht First Nation in Canada’s western province of British Columbia, is the incumbent.

He’s running against seven other candidates from across the country.

Bill Erasmus, from the Northwest Territories Yellowknives Dene First Nation, is the only northerner in the running.

Erasmus is currently the AFN’s regional chief for the Northwest Territories and has been a member of the AFN’s executive committee since 1987.

Results will be livestreamed today on the AFN website here.

There’s also extensive election coverage of the candidates and the issues on the website of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), here

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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