The Assembly of First Nations on Thursday elected RoseAnne Archibald as the first Woman National Chief of the Assembly.
According to a statement released by the Assembly of First Nations “In a “herstorical”/historical unprecedented election, National Chief Archibald was elected following five ballot results and after candidate Reginald Bellerose conceded and is now the first woman elected into the National Chief position.”
The statement further added that 406 Chiefs and proxies were registered to vote in this AFN election. 350 Chiefs and proxies voted in the fifth ballot. Seven candidates stood for election as National Chief.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, congratulated Archibald for being elected as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
“Congratulations, @Roseanne4NC, on being elected National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations – and being the first woman in the role. I look forward to working together to further advance First Nation priorities and reconciliation,” Trudeau said in a Twitter post.
The Assembly of First Nations also added that close to 2,000 First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and veterans from coast to coast to coast gathered virtually this week with the focus on honouring children lost to residential schools, maintaining momentum of recent progress on First Nations priorities and electing a new National Chief.