Assembly of First Nations Suspends National Chief Archibald

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Ontario Regional Chief Roseanne Archibald
National Chief Roseanne Archibald

OTTAWA – Today, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee and national Board of Directors of the AFN voted to suspend National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, effective immediately.

“It is regrettable that we had to take this severe action but we had no other choice. The National Chief has committed serious breaches of her obligations to the AFN through unfounded and unsubstantiated public attacks on the integrity of our organization and our employees that will only serve to undermine the good work we do as we continue to serve our First Nations communities,” said Regional Chief Paul Prosper, an AFN spokesperson.

The decision to suspend the national chief was prompted by her public statement issued on June 16, 2022, that breached her obligations to the AFN – contrary to her Oath of Office, the organization’s Code of Conduct and AFN Whistleblower Policy.

The National Chief was suspended with pay pending the outcome of a current investigation into four complaints against her. She will be suspended until the Executive Committee reviews the investigation report and makes a final decision regarding her status.

The National Chief has been ordered not to discuss the on-going investigation publicly and is prohibited from attending the Annual General Assembly and Chief’s Assembly meeting in early July.