Jul 09, 2021

By Gavin Day

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For the first time, the Assembly of First Nations has elected a woman as national chief.

RoseAnne Archibald announces candidacy for Assembly of First Nations  National Chief - Indian Country Today

RoseAnne Archibald, of Ontario’s Taykwa Tagamou Nation, won the election after Saskatchewan’s  Reginald Bellerose conceded.

Neither candidate had reached the required 60% of the votes needed to win the election outright. Bellerose opted to withdraw before voting headed to a sixth round.

“I have listened and I have learned from you,” said Archibald of her fellow candidates. “While there are things and differences that divide us, there is much that we share.”

Bellerose says there’s a lot to work on like climate change and wildfires affecting traditional First Nations territory. She says they also want to be good ancestors and leave a strong legacy for the generations to come.

Bellerose replaces Perry Bellegarde. He was elected in 2014 and won re-election in 2018.

He announced in December he wasn’t planning on running again.

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