Chiefs and proxies gathered at an online meeting of the Assembly of First Nations have voted in favour of removing RoseAnne Archibald as national chief of the lobby organization that represents more than 600 First Nations across the country.
According to multiple sources, 163 chiefs and proxies voted to oust the embattled leader. Sixty-two voted against her removal.
This is the second attempt at removing Archibald since she came to power in 2021. Members of the AFN executive also tried to oust her at a 2022 meeting but failed when chiefs pushed back and voted to keep her in the job.
She is the first woman to be elected to the position.
RoseAnne Archibald has been removed as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. 71% of delegates voted in favour of expelling Archibald, the first woman to hold the role.
— Dennis Ward (@DennisWardNews) June 28, 2023
The unprecedented online meeting was held in private – and ahead of a full assembly meeting in Halifax starting July 13.
According to the draft resolution, the AFN executive will select “an interim National Chief from amongst themselves” with an election happening at the December special chiefs assembly.
More to come.