Assembly of First Nations chief to be elected in Winnipeg in December

Global News

HALIFAX – A new chief for the Assembly of First Nations will be elected in December as many aboriginal leaders agreed Tuesday there is a growing need to ensure native issues don’t fall off the national agenda ahead of a federal election next year.

Many of the hundreds of chiefs at the annual meeting of the Assembly of First Nations supported a motion to choose their leader at a special chiefs assembly in Winnipeg, saying issues including education and aboriginal title need to be raised with the federal parties as they prepare for the October 2015 vote.

“We really need a national chief to deal with the current government of Canada, to deal with Stephen Harper and to get ready for the federal election that will be coming,” Roger Fobister, chief of Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario, told the meeting in Halifax.

“We need someone to talk to the…

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