AFN Election – MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Challenges for National Chief

Assembly of First Nations Leadership Forum

KEEWATIN – Chief Sheila North is from Bunibonibee Cree Nation, northeast of Winnipeg.(Oxford House) is located along the eastern shoreline of Oxford Lake at the mouth of the Hayes River and is approximately 950 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg. The reserve is located on a ridge of land between Oxford Lake to the west and Back Lake to the east.

Ms. Sheila North, is currently the Grand Chief of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), a collective of 30 First Nations in the northern part of that province. She is a former broadcast journalist who has encouraged all media, including myself, as an advocate, to continue speaking openly and covering stories about issues affecting Indigenous people.

Sheila speaks on the importance of her family, her community and especially to her children.  She states she gives more prayers the better to help me remind myself to stay grounded to the community and our grassroots people.”

Assembly of First Nations – AFN, a lobby group representing 634 First Nations which is not a governing body, is the representative organization of First Nations People.

Sheila North, an outspoken champion of First Nations people who were among the first to call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, will challenge Perry Bellegarde for the job of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

The nomination process will be open until June 19, 2018, at 11:59 pm.

All Candidate packages are available from the Elector’s Office in Ottawa upon request.  Individuals interested in becoming a Candidate for National Chief are invited to contact the Electoral Officer, Loretta J Pete Lambert telephone at (613) 241-6789.ext 133 or email: or her assistant

The Election will take place on June 25, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia within the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-waututh First Nations.


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