I wanted to send out a little note to let my friends and family know that I’ll be leaving the Assembly of First Nations in order to spend more time with my family at home. Our families are our most important priority.
For me, this difficult decision was guided by my values as a Midewiwin Anishinaabe man, a husband and father.
Chi-miigwetch to National Chief Perry Bellegarde, CEO Judy White and the talented and dedicated staff at the AFN. I only wish I could have spent more time with you.
On a personal note, Deborah and I, like many other families, struggle having a child of mental illness. Some days are harder than others. Support, Love and understanding are an absolute necessity to cope with this lifelong journey. But so are much needed supports and investments in First Nations youth, both on-reserve and in the cities.
We sincerely appreciate all your kind thoughts, prayers and support.