Ontario Regional Chief Hare supports suspension of national chief

By Rosalind Russell – Last Friday, the Assembly of First Nations Executive Committee and National Board of Directors voted to suspend National Chief RoseAnne Archibald.

Ontario Regional Chief Glen Hare says Archibald made “serious allegations” about the Assembly and its employees without presenting any evidence.

He says the decision to suspend Archibald was made in response to statements made by her at the Chiefs of Ontario Annual Chiefs Assembly and in public statements she released last week.

Hare says she called the national organization corrupt and called for the dissolution of assembly operations, which employees around 200 people.

Hare says their organization has the utmost trust in the national assembly and until the results of the independent investigation are in, it must be able to continue its work.

Archibald says she has not received formal notice of the suspension and she will continue to call for a forensic audit and full investigation of the Assembly.

Photo: A war of words of the “she said, they said” variety has broken out at the highest level of the Assembly of First Nations. National Chief RoseAnne Archibald of the Taykwa Tagamou First Nation outside Cochrane, Ontario has been suspended by the executive committee and national board of directors. It involves what the board calls inaccuracies in a speech Archibald delivered last Wednesday. It also claims the speech breached AFN employees’ privacy and confidentiality. Archibald says she’s being attacked for calling for an inquiry to deal with corruption in the AFN dating back eight years. Photo provided by Roseanne Archibald and used with permission.
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