Worlds in movement, worlds of movement…

Worlds in movement, worlds of movement…

According to Wikipedia, “The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) emerged from and replaced the Canadian National Indian Brotherhood and is an assembly of First Nations represented by their chiefs. The aims of the organization are to protect and advance the aboriginal and treaty rights and interests of First Nations in Canada, including health, education, culture and language.”  Importantly, the AFN has in recent history played the role of representing the interests of First Nations in crucial negotiations with the Canadian government.

Today however, and within my limited understanding of a complex situation, the legitimacy of the AFN is under severe challenge, and especially from within and among First Nations peoples in Canada, and among many things, this challenge resulted in the resignation of the till-recent national chief of the Assembly when he realised that he did not have the people with him in a policy position he had taken.

This has left the Assembly leaderless and rudderless at a time when so much is happening in terms of the rights of First Nations peoples in the country and region, and especially through their own struggles on the ground. (See earlier posts : June 26 – ‘Supreme Court decision acknowledges Aboriginal title over Tsilhqot’in First Nation land’, June 27 – ‘Supreme Court of Canada expands land-title rights in unanimous ruling; Ruling over land in B.C. has ripple effects across Canada’, July 11 – ‘First Nations on Turtle Island take action on Canada’s top court’s land-title ruling’; and July 14 – ‘Land ruling’s message to First Nations : You have no place in Confederation’.)

This article is on movements among First Nations peoples at this other, ‘higher’ level, as traditional chiefs attempt to address the emerging situation.

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