First Nations plenary session rejects resolution calling for chief’s suspension


Prior to the annual meeting of the First Nations plenary session, an urgent resolution reaffirming the suspension of President Roseanne Archibald failed in Vancouver.

Archibald went on stage following Tuesday’s vote and thanked her for her decision to end what she called an unjust stop.

“I’m 100% committed to meeting the local chief. I need to get the phone back. I need to send back the email. I need to recover completely,” she said.

According to the resolution, Archibald disclosed confidential information about her complaints by staff of the organization, jeopardizing the integrity of Congress’s grievances.

The vote required the support of 60% of qualified representatives for approval, but the resolution was defeated and the tally was done later.

Rosanne Casimir, chief of Tk’emlups teSecwepemc, has moved the motion by saying that there are rules for leaders and the situation is embarrassing the public.

Thousands of representatives gathered at the Annual First Nations Congress in Vancouver to discuss Pope’s visits, indigenous rights, housing and other priorities, but these issues were the corruption of Archibald. Was staged by allegations of conflict over her leadership.

Dressed in indigenous regalia, Archibald stepped in front of a group of chanting supporters at the start of the rally.

Just the day before, Archibald said she had been “erased” from the agenda because four complaints were being investigated by her staff after her suspension by the Executive Committee on June 17.

Instead, Archibald led the opening ceremony, welcomed attendees and spoke with representatives.

“I am your representative. I am your servant. I exist because all of you have placed me in this position, so an attack on me is an attack on you,” she represents. Said before the delegation voted. “It is your authority to decide what will happen to the President. You have elected me, not the head of the region. You will determine the discipline I face.”

Archibald claimed to have been suspended for attempting to investigate corruption within Congress and demanded a court audit of the organization for the past eight years.

She said it would come after “decades” of reform demands within the organization.

“When you support me, you will fight corruption,” Archibald said.

First Nations plenary session executives issued a statement on Tuesday stating that human resource complaints involving Archibald “mask out the actual work in progress needed for First Nations people.” I asked not to allow it.

“The Commission further urges the President to immediately suspend any action or statement that constitutes a serious breach of the confidentiality and privacy interests of AFN employees, service providers and others. It also includes a wide range of allegations of fraud, “the statement said.

Executives believe the action is damaging, illegal and inappropriate, the statement said.

Archibald said her suspension was a violation of Congress’s charter and was a means of threatening, punishing and silencing her against her allegations of possible misuse of public funds by Congress.

“Obviously, I’m asking my friend to conduct an AFN audit and an independent investigation. To ensure that a court audit will take place, talk to the chief and the grassroots people as well as an independent investigation of corruption. I’m asking, and toxicity at AFN, “she said before entering parliament on Tuesday.

Prior to the vote, Paul Prosper, AFN Regional Chief of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, attended to validate the executive’s decision to allow Archibald to continue its temporary suspension until the end of the investigation. I asked the chief and his agent.

“I have a request for a court audit and my colleagues are not against it. If you welcome it, we welcome it,” he said. “There is no perfect organization. We all face our own challenges. Yes, as an organization, we can improve what we need to improve.”

Archibald said in his speech that he wanted audits in two areas: staff payments and contracts.

“The staff paid millions of dollars,” she said. “That’s what a court audit shows. You can see that the money that is meant for you and your community is in someone else’s pocket.”

Two other urgent resolutions will be brought to the parliamentary floor to vote on Wednesday.

The first was brought by Pikuwa Kanagan’s indigenous Algonquian chief Wendy Jocco and seeks AFN’s independent third-party forensic audit.

Another resolution raised by Chief Rod Travers of First Nations in Canada alleges that Archibald violated confidentiality by talking to the media, causing delegations to lose confidence in her leadership. Prompted.

The executive committee has appointed an interim leader and is calling for an election of a new head of state within six months.

The pre-parliamentary resolution calling for Archibald to be dismissed and a new election was removed from the list of resolutions because he did not get the required 60% of the votes in last year’s election.

Canadian press