Cindy Woodhouse Elected as National Chief of Assembly of First Nations

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Cindy Woodhouse has been elected Assembly of First Nations National Chief
Cindy Woodhouse has been elected Assembly of First Nations National Chief

OTTAWA, Unceded Algonquin Territory, Ontario – A historic moment unfolded in the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as Cindy Woodhouse emerged victorious in the election for National Chief. Woodhouse, previously serving as the Assembly of Regional Chief for Manitoba, was elected after six rounds of ballots on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, following the concession of her closest competitor, David Pratt.

This election saw six candidates vying for the position of AFN National Chief with a total of 461 electors registered to vote through the Simply Voting platform.

In her victory statement, National Chief Cindy Woodhouse expressed deep gratitude and honour for the trust placed in her by the Chiefs-in-Assembly. “I am honoured that the Chiefs-in-Assembly have placed their trust in me to lead the Assembly of First Nations and I want to thank my fellow candidates who put their names forward,” she stated. Woodhouse’s vision for her tenure is clear – a path founded on accountability, transparency, and dialogue. She emphasized her dedication to advocating for all First Nations communities and improving life across the board.

National Chief Woodhouse’s commitment extends to working collaboratively with the AFN Executive Committee, focusing on advancing priorities in each region. Her eagerness to address the myriad challenges and work for the welfare of the people is a testament to her dedication to her role.

The ceremony marking her official assumption of the role was characterized by the traditional Oath of Office. This significant step not only cemented her position as National Chief but also symbolized a new era of leadership within the Assembly of First Nations.

National Chief Cindy Woodhouse’s election is a pivotal moment in the ongoing journey towards greater self-determination and improved conditions for First Nations across Canada. Her leadership is set to mark a new chapter in the history of the AFN, one that many hope will bring forth positive changes and stronger advocacy for First Nations communities.

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