The Assembly of First Nations confirms its support for the joint declaration.
“We have expressed to Chief Spence our deep appreciation for her strength and resolve, and hailed the impact that has had in raising awareness of the need for fundamental and transformative change in the relationship between First Nations and the Crown,” said AFN Regional Chief Roger Augustine, speaking on behalf of the AFN National Executive.
National Chief Shawn Atleo expressed his personal appreciation for Chief Spence’s contribution, adding: “Our shared goal is simple and clear: to guarantee that our children can achieve the brighter future that they deserve. This is what every Chief across this country, every member of the Assembly of First Nations, will continue to fight to achieve,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. “Our mandate is to advance the priorities of First Nations in those areas, and to achieve that justice for our children. We have made real progress in recent weeks. Our journey – the Chiefs, the AFN and mine – will not be over until we have won those guarantees.”