First Nations Leaders and Delegates from Across the Country Gather for the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly December 4-6 in Ottawa, Ontario

(Ottawa, ON)― Hundreds of First Nations leaders, Elders, women, youth and other delegates are set to gather December 4-6, 2018 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) taking place at the Westin Hotel on unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Ontario. Chiefs and delegates will gather under the theme “Acknowledging our Challenges, Successes and Opportunities” to assess progress, and set priorities and strategic direction for the coming year.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is confirmed to address delegates at 4:15 pm on Tuesday, December 4. Other agenda highlights (note agenda times are approximate, full agenda is on the AFN website):

Day 1 – Tuesday December 4, 2018

  • 8:30 a.m. – Grand Entry
  • 9 a.m. – AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Opening Address.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Honouring of Veteran Louis Oakes and the late Chief St-Denis of Wolf Lake First Nation.
  • 11 a.m. – Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.
  • 1:15 p.m. – Discussion on Rights Recognition.
  • 4:15 p.m. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Day 2 – Wednesday December 5, 2018

  • 8:45 a.m. – Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada.
  • Northern Affairs and Internal Trade.
  • 10 a.m. – Updates and Discussion on: Bill C-262, Carbon tax, Cannabis
  • 1:30 p.m. – Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
  • 3:45 p.m. – Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS MEDIA ADVISORY/AVIS AUX MÉDIAS ASSEMBLÉE DES PREMIÈRES NATIONS 55, RUE METCALFE STREET SUITE/BUREAU 1600 OTTAWA ON K1P 6L5 (613) 241-6789 telephone / téléphone (613) 241-5808 fax / télécopieur

Day 3 – Thursday December 6, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m. – Updates and Discussion on: Policing, Federal Elections.
  • 10 a.m. – Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader.
  • 10:30 a.m. – Jagmeet Singh, New Democratic Party Leader.
  • 11 a.m. – Andrew Scheer, CPC, Leader of the Official Opposition.
  • 11:45 a.m. – Chief Rudy Turtle, Grassy Narrows First Nation.
  • 4 p.m. – Updates and Discussion on: Moose Hide Campaign, Indigenomics.
  • 4:30 p.m. – National Chief Perry Bellegarde Closing Remarks.

During the SCA, First Nation leaders and delegates will discuss Education, Fisheries, Health, the Environment, Economic Partnerships, Early Learning and Child Care, Rights Recognition, Housing, Policing, Cannabis, federal legislation and other priorities.

The provisional agenda and updates are available on the AFN website at The main plenary of the SCA will be webcast on the AFN website at

Media accreditation is required and media are encouraged to register in advance through the contacts listed below.

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