First Nations Council suspends pending investigation by President Roseanne Archibald


The First Nations plenary session states that it has resolved to suspend President Roseanne Archibald.

AFN’s executive committee and board of directors said in a Friday announcement that her suspension would be effective immediately until the results of an investigation into four complaints against her.

Archibald’s suspension states that she violated her obligations to AFN on Thursday and was prompted by a public statement that violated her oath of office, AFN’s code of conduct, and whistleblower policy.

According to AFN, Archibald has been ordered not to discuss the investigation publicly and is prohibited from attending next month’s annual and chief meetings.

In a statement Thursday, Archibald said he was “weakened, credible and under attack” for trying to wipe out AFN’s corruption.

In her statement, Archibald called for a court audit and an independent investigation into the implementation of AFN over the last eight years.

AFN spokesman Regional Chief Paul Prosper said in a statement Friday that it was a pity that he had to take this harsh action.

“The National Chief has committed a serious breach of her obligations to AFN through an unfounded, unfounded public attack on the integrity of our organization and employees,” he said.

Archibald was unable to contact immediately for comment on her suspension.

But in a Friday release, she said she wouldn’t retreat to an attempt to shed light on what she calls “corruption and collusion within AFN.”

“I think AFN has a pattern of initiating false investigations,” she said.

“What’s happening is wrong, but it’s not me. This is a distraction from my repeated phone calls to investigate fraud within AFN over the last eight years.”

Canadian press