AFN taps Murray Sinclair to help with conflict resolution after ‘turmoil’

Assembly of First Nations national chief Roseanne Archibald says former senator Murray Sinclair will help the organization with conflict resolution next year.

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Archibald announced the move Tuesday in Ottawa, where chiefs have gathered for a three-day assembly.

In his opening remarks, the national chief says the organization cannot afford another gathering embroiled in turmoil and warns that “our people are watching.”

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Archibald was referring to a general meeting held in Vancouver in July, when the AFN’s executive committee and board of directors voted to suspend his leadership.

He accused Archibald of violating his oath of office by making a public statement about four complaints made against him by AFN employees.

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Archibald says there are still human resources and legal matters that need to be resolved in the coming months.

Sinclair, a lawyer who served as chief commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, will begin working with the AFN in 2023.

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