2009 is an election year for the Assembly of First Nations. First Nations Chiefs from across the country will vote for the AFN National Chief at the AFN's 30th Annual General Assembly to be held in
The AFN Charter and election rules are available on the AFN website at: http://www.afn.ca/article.asp?id=57
(see Articles 20 -22 and Appendix "A" for relevant information).
According to rules established under the AFN Charter, nominations for National Chief are open as of May 27 (eight weeks prior to the election) and close June 16 (five weeks prior to the election).
Shortly after the close of nominations, the AFN will announce the official candidates for the 2009 AFN election for National Chief.
The proposed candidates to succeed Fontaine are:
- Shawn Atleo,
regional chief. British Columbia
- John Beaucage, grand chief of the Union of Ontario Indians.
- Perry Bellegarde, former assembly vice-chief for
- Terrance Nelson, chief of Roseau River First Nation in
Perry Bellegarde, former Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and former Regional Vice Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. www.perrybellegarde.com
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo has made innumerous contributions to the political field within his community, amongst First Nations, and in/between local, provincial, national, and international governments. Shawn is a hereditary chief of Ahousaht Nation.
Grand Council Chief John Beaucage was elected to serve the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation. John was re-elected in 2006, by acclamation, a rare occurrence in the history of one of
Chief Terry Nelson An outspoken and controversial
Proposed All Candidates Forum
What: All-Candidates Forum for AFN National Chief Election
Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites