Chiefs gather in Winnipeg this week for AFN election and APTN is there

APTN National News
Chiefs from across the country are converging on Winnipeg for the election of the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Former national chief Shawn Atleo resigned after coming under fire for his support of a controversial federal act to reform First Nations education. When Atleo ran for re-election in 2012, he faced seven other competitors.

This year, there are three names on the ballot.

Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, is vying for the top job, along with Ghislain Picard, regional chief for Quebec and Labrador. Picard became interim national chief following Atleo’s resignation.

Leon Jourdain, chief of the Lac La Croix First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is also running.

Starting Tuesday, hosts Cheryl McKenzie and Michael Hutchinson will host APTN National News live from the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

There will be specials during the week to keep you updated with what is going on inside the election. There is also a team of reporters covering the election for our website

Looking for a schedule?



Special half hour show @ 4 p.m., EST/3 p.m., CST/2 p.m., MST – analysis/debate

APTN National News at 5 p.m., CST

Face to Face with Peter Dinsdale, chief executive officer of the Assembly of First Nations – 5:30 pm, CST.

Wednesday: Election Day

Live hits throughout the day to update you on election results

Special half hour show @ 4 p.m., EST/3 p.m., CST/2 p.m., MST – analysis, possible winner (Cheryl & Michael hosting)

APTN National News at 5 p.m., CST

InFocus: LIVE half hour show – InFocus at 5:30 p.m., CST Cheryl welcomes guests Russ Diabo, Art Manuel, Cheryl Maloney and Joan Jack


LIVE half hour show 4 p.m., EST/CST/MST Dec. 11th LIVE half hour newscast at 5 p.m., CST (Cheryl & Michael hosting)

Nation to Nation: Interview with the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. 2:30 p.m., MST/4:30 p.m.,  CST/5:30 p.m., EST

Check our Twitter account for more details: @aptnnews

-with files from The Canadian Press