AFN joins tobacco battle

The Assembly of First Nations has joined the battle over First Nations cigarettes after chiefs passed a resolution directing national Chief Shawn Atleo to press Ottawa and the provinces to back off attempts to regulate the tobacco trade between communities.


First Nations face ‘life or death’ struggle: Atleo

Saying First Nations were in a life or death struggle, Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo urged chiefs from across the country to back his ambitious, multi-year plan to scrap the Indian Act, the department of Aboriginal affairs and replace them with a First Nation-Crow n agreement “that advances and affirms our rights.”