Assembly of First Nations 2014 Election

On December 10, 2014, the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will be elected during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly in Winnipeg. The traditional term for the National Chief is three years, but due to the extraordinary circumstances of there not being a sitting National Chief, the term for the upcoming National Chief will be three and a half years.

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Betty Ann Lavallée, National Chief, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

Ms. Betty Ann Lavallée, CD, (Ret’d) is the National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. A status off-reserve Mi’kmaq woman who has worked all her adult life in non-traditional roles, Chief Lavallée is now in her second term as National Chief for the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Previously, Chief Lavallée served as the Chief of the New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council (NBAPC) for 13 years beginning in 1997. Chief Lavallée was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for approximately 17 years where she was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and Commendation Formation Level and the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee Medal.

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Aboriginal Employment – 533 hires; 90% retention

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Laurie Sterritt CEO BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association

Laurie Sterritt
joined the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BCMTA) as its founding Executive Director in 2009. She came to BC AMTA from a senior role at Vancity Credit Union, and has also worked as an executive recruiter and as a project and special event manager. Laurie is also the founding CEO of First Resources Impact Ventures (F1RST RESOURCES). Laurie earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree at UBC and was certified as a Professional Fund Raiser by the University of Indiana. Laurie is a member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitskan Nation and grew up in Campbell River, BC. She joined the Board of the BC Institute of Technology in 2011. She is also a volunteer member of the BC Mining Industry HR Task Force.

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Cheryl Brooks, President, Indigenuity Consulting Group

Cheryl Brooks, who is a Sto:lo from the community of Sts’ailes in the Upper Fraser Valley of BC, has been the President of Indigenuity Consulting Group for the past 10 years. Prior to this, she was the first Aboriginal woman to achieve Associate Deputy Minister status in the BC government, holding that position in the Ministry of Energy, Mines.

Cheryl has also held several other senior positions in Aboriginal organizations and the corporate sector including that of the founder and first Manager of BC Hydro’s highly regarded Aboriginal Relations Department. In 1994, the Canadian Business Review recognized Cheryl as one of the first people in Canada to publicly express that relationship building between Indigenous and other peoples was the needed foundation for solutions to socio-economic disparity and its resulting tensions and conflict.


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FortisBC and BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council sign agreement


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Defend Our Coast First Nations Involvement

On October 22 approximately 3,500 people gathered on the lawns of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. They were there to voice their objection to proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline and twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline projects. It was a mixed crowd on just about every basis - age, gender, heritage, occupation - they came from all corners of the province, and some from out of province. However, they all shared one common goal - to send a message to the federal and provincial governments that there are significant concerns associated with this project.

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Indigenous Corporate Training Turns Ten!

Indigenous Corporate Training Turns Ten!  It’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by so fast.

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LNG project on Haisla Nation Reserve

The Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia, KM LNG Operating General Partnership (KM LNG) and the Haisla Nation announced today an important milestone in the development of the Kitimat LNG™ facility with the signing of the Interim Regulatory Agreement.

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