Media Advisory – Change in store for the Assembly of First Nations

OTTAWA, Jan. 30 /CNW/ – Change is coming to the Assembly of First Nations. A major announcement about a new AFN that will champion the right of First Nations to determine their own citizenship, represent the interests of all First Nations citizens – wherever they live – and focus on economic prosperity for all its constituents.

WHO:    Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief John Beaucage

WHERE:  National Press Theatre, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa

WHEN:   Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 11:00 A.M.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the National organization representing First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation communities in Canada. The elected Chiefs from each First Nation will cast their vote to elect the National Chief in Calgary, Alberta on July 22, 2009.

Grand Council Chief Beaucage is the leader of the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation, representing one of the largest First Nations constituencies in Canada. Beaucage was first elected as Grand Council Chief in 2004 then re-elected in 2006 by acclamation, a rare occurrence in the history of one of Canada’s oldest political organizations.

For further information:

Marci Becking, Communications Officer, Union of Ontario Indians,, (705) 497-9127 (Ext. 2290)