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Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell endorses Miles Richardson for National Chief

For Immediate Release July 25, 2018
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Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell endorses Miles Richardson for National Chief

Vancouver - In the lead up to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, Squamish Nation Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell has endorsed Miles Richardson in his bid to become the next National Chief of the AFN.

“I’m very pleased to support my friend Miles Richardson for National Chief. He is an amazing leader with a proven track record. He stands up for the integrity of our people and build partnerships. He has been in the forefront of much of the success of the Haida Nation in asserting their jurisdiction and protecting their lands and sacred waters. I’m very proud of him and want to see him continue to represent Indigenous Peoples in Canada as National Chief. Haawa’a.”

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core action areas that are fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship and meeting the needs of First Nations:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of First Nations inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Ensuring First Nations reap a fair share of economic activity in their respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“I am proud to have the support of Squamish Hereditary Chief Ian Campbell who has been a strong leader for his nation in asserting their rights and jurisdiction in their territory and for our Peoples.”

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

Other endorsers to-date have included Richardson has received the endorsement of former AFN National Chief, President of the Dene Nation and Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Georges Erasmus; former AFN National Chief and Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation Ovide Mercredi; former AFN National Chief of the AFN and Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec Matthew Coon Come; Chief and Tribal Chair of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Joe Alphonse; President of the Nisga’a Nation Eva Clayton; Chief Councillor of the Skidegate Band Council William (Billy) Yovanovich; Chief Councillor of the Heiltsuk Nation Marilyn Slett; Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band Clarence Louie; Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Ava Hill; the first Indigenous Commissioner of the Yukon and founding Director of the Yukon Native Brotherhood Judy Gingell; Indigenous youth leader and former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull; Chair of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization Wayne Garnons-Williams; and CEO of the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation Frank Parnell. These endorsements can be viewed on his website and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:

Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

 

 

Letter from Nisga'a Nation President Eva Clayton endorsing Miles Richardson for National Chief

Miles Richardson for National Chief
Attn: Mr. Miles Richardson
Sent via email to: info@milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com

Dear Miles,

RE: Nisga’a Nation President Eva Clayton’s Endorsement of Your Candidacy for Assembly of First Nations National Chief

As President of the Nisg̱a’a Nation, it gives me great pleasure to convey the majority of support of the Nisg̱a’a Lisims Government Executive for your candidacy in the election of the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations taking place in Vancouver this week.

The NLG Executive is comprised of the four national offices of President, Executive Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer and Chairperson of the Council of Elders, the Chief Councillors of the Nisg̱a’a Villages of Gitlax̱t’aamiks, Gitwinksihlkw, Lax̱g̱alts’ap and Ging̱olx and three Executive Representatives from the Nisg̱a’a Urban Locals of Terrace, Prince Rupert/Port Edward and Vancouver.

Collectively, the President and four Nisg̱a’a Village Chief Councillors will each have a vote in the July 25 election in Vancouver.

As the first modern Treaty in British Columbia now in our 18th year of implementation and as many years that the Indian Act has ceased to apply to us, the leadership of the Nisg̱a’a Nation have carefully considered the platforms of each candidate for National Chief. We believe your goals of recognition & affirmation of our treaty rights, closing the gaps and building economies for self-sufficient nations are key and common areas all nations from sea-to-sea-to-sea will benefit from with a renewed purpose under your leadership.

As the national advocacy organization for Canada’s First Nations peoples it is incumbent on the office of the National Chief to hold the Government of Canada accountable in its nation-to-nation relationship with all of Canada’s diverse indigenous peoples. We believe your decades of leadership experience, your vision and your goals will close the socio 2

economic gap and improve the quality of life for the 1 million grassroots people that each of the 600+ Chiefs in Assembly represent.

In closing, we wish you continued success in your journey to become National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations!

T̓ooyaḵsiy̓ n̓iin ii si’aamhl wilin / Thank you and continued success

In solidarity,

NISG̱A’A LISIMS GOVERNMENT

 

Eva Clayton, President
Nox̱s Wil-Luug̱aamiks Hloḵs

cc. NLG Executive

 

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The Tŝilhqot’in Nation Endorses Haida Citizen Miles Richardson as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

PRESS RELEASE Tŝilhqot’in Nation Endorses Miles Richardson for AFN National Chief

Williams Lake, BC: July 24, 2018: The Tŝilhqot’in Nation is endorsing Haida Citizen Miles Richardson as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The AFN election will take place in Vancouver on July 25.

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation’s decades of commitment and perseverance to advance its Aboriginal title and rights claim through Canada’s legal system, culminating in the 2014 Supreme Court of Canada “Tŝilhqot’in Decision”, has resulted in changing the playing field for all First Nations in Canada.

The current NDP Provincial Government has prominently included the Tŝilhqot’in Case in the mandate letters to Cabinet Ministers as well as included it in their 2017 Confidence and Supply Agreement with the BC Green Party. The current Liberal Federal Government has recognized the Tŝilhqot’in Case and has made significant legislative changes such as the creation of Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework in February 2018 and the Exoneration of the Tŝilhqot’in Chiefs in the House of Commons in March 2018.

However, it seems the Assembly of First Nations has largely remained silent on the Tŝilhqot’in Case when they can utilize and create a strong partnership with the Tŝilhqot’in to advocate for the full recognition of Aboriginal Rights and Title for all First Nations in Canada. Change is needed at the AFN and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation believes Miles is the right fit for the job.

Quotes: Nits’ilʔin (Chief) Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman of the Tŝilhqot’in National:

“Miles has a lot of experience working for his Nation to win their own landmark legal challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada. Miles has a proven track record of advancing Indigenous rights, he knows what it means to shake things up and be a strong leader. Today, you need this experience to move things forward on the national scale. AFN has not been strong on that front. People come in with a lot of promise until they are elected in and the issues that they have campaigned on become stale as they are distracted and buried in bureaucracy. We support Miles on his bid to be the next National Chief.”

Media Contact: Chief Joe Alphonse
Tribal Chair
Tŝilhqot’in National Government
(250)305-8282

 

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Letter of support for Miles Richardson for AFN National Chief from Frank Parnell, CEO of Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (Tricorp)

It is my pleasure to write this letter of support for Miles Richardson for National Chief of the AFN. I have known Miles for over 40 years and have had the opportunity to get to know him well through working together on various initiatives.

While Miles was President of the Council of the Haida Nation from 1984 to 1996, I had extensive opportunity to work with him. Our shared vision for a Northwest First Nation owned investment fund resulted in the creation of the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP). The organization, founded by the Tsimshian, Nisga'a and Haida Nations, provides a wide range of financial services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs of Northwestern British Columbia.

Miles is a leader with a strong vision who has founded many important economic development initiatives. Miles helped us realize the potential business advantage, and lead First Nations in the northwest region of BC, to pool their investment assets to create greater financial leverage in addressing economic opportunities and challenges in the regional economy. It was Miles' persistent belief in his vision that kept this opportunity alive. Success happens when preparation meets opportunity and Miles' constant preparation and dedication means that we have built a solid foundation for our region's success as we enter a period of unprecedented economic opportunity in Northwest B.C.

I worked with Miles on the Gwaii Trust Society initiative. In 1985, when industrial logging threatened to destroy the last remaining old growth forest on Gwaii Hanaas, Haida people and environmentalists took a stand and brought worldwide attention to the issues of the First Nation/BC land title dispute, the environmental and economic issues. Miles was President of the Haida Nation guiding us with a steady­hand through this critical time. Out of the standoff on Athlii Gwaii (Lyell Island) and the provision of $38 million in federal money to end the logging dispute, the Gwaii Trust Society was formed to manage the money on behalf of all Islands people and fund environmentally sustainable social-economic development projects. Miles was ahead of his time as he gave us a clear mandate for this initiative to unite Haida and non-Haida people to build a new economy together. I was proud to work with Miles to develop and establish an innovative business governance process. He envisioned and directed a unique, creative and functional governance process that is still largely intact and functional today.

Miles has been a catalyst at the forefront of innovative changes in leadership and governance in the Northwest and beyond. As tribal Nations in this great country of ours, we can only move forward by working together on a shared vision. I believe Miles Richardson is an ideal candidate to unite our efforts as First Nations in Canada and will be the strong leader our people need to realize our best future.

Frank Parnell, Hon. LLD

 

 

CEO, Tribal Resource Investment Corporation
Prince Rupert, B.C.

 

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Heiltsuk Nation Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN election

For Immediate Release July 23, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE 

 

Heiltsuk Nation Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN election

Vancouver - In the days before the July 25th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, Chief Councillor Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Nation has endorsed Miles Richardson in his bid to become the next National Chief of the AFN.

As Chief Councillor, Marilyn Slett has worked with her fellow Councillors and Heiltsuk Nation Hemas or Hereditary Chiefs to strengthen relationships within and help unite her nation. She also helped lead her nation’s response to the Nathan E. Stewart diesel spill in Heiltsuk territory, which forced the closure of a number of fisheries and impacted her People’s ability to harvest and eat their traditional foods. Unsatisfied with Canada’s response to the spill and communication with the Heiltsuk Nation during this crisis, Chief Councillor Slett and the Heiltsuk Nation commissioned their own investigation of the spill and response, documenting what when wrong, including lack of adequate communication by Canada with the Heiltsuk Nation during the crisis and outlining what is needed for an effective community-led response system to prevent and respond to marine incidents, including investing in Heiltsuk monitoring and response capacity on the central Pacific coast. In 2015, the Heiltsuk Nation and the Haida Nation, from which Richardson hails, concluded a peace treaty, to recognize their generations of relationship as peoples of the sea and to increase their strength, united together, to protect their territories.

“We are proud to support Miles Richardson for National Chief. His knowledge and life’s work has been to káxḷá (uplift) our Nations in the reclamation of our inherent right to self-determination and governance.  His platform for Recognition & Affirmation of Our Inherent & Treaty Rights will advance our Nations as we take our rightful place in society upholding our Ǧviḷás (laws),” said Chief Councillor Slett.

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core action areas that are fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship and meeting the needs of First Nations:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of First Nations inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Ensuring First Nations reap a fair share of economic activity in their respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

Richardson states, “I greatly appreciate the support of Chief Councillor Slett and the Heiltsuk Nation. I deeply admire the work they have done in strengthening important relationships and building unity within their nation. I’ve had the opportunity to see first hand how dedicated Marilyn and the Heiltsuk Nation have been to rebuilding their nation and building their governance processes and capacity. They have proven to be leaders in coastal resource management and leaders in their own territory. I am grateful for their support.”

Other endorsers to-date have included Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chair of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River, former National Chief of the AFN and Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec Matthew Coon Come, Indigenous youth leader and former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull, former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation and AFN National Chief Ovide Mercredi, and former AFN National Chief and Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples GeorgesErasmus. These endorsements can be viewed on his website and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:

Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

 

 

 

Former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation and AFN National Chief Ovide Mercredi endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN election

For Immediate Release July 23, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE
 

Former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation and AFN National Chief Ovide Mercredi endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN election

Vancouver - In the week ahead of the July 25thAssembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, Ovide Mercredi, former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation and National Chief of the AFN, has endorsed Miles Richardson in his bid to become the next National Chief of the AFN.

Former Chief Mercredi served as a constitutional legal advisor to Manitoba Chiefs, was elected Regional Chief of the AFN in Manitoba, served as a key strategist for the AFN during the Meech Lake Accord constitutional reform discussions, and played a strong leadership role in helping resolve the Oka Crisis. During his first of two terms as AFN National Chief, he led negotiations for First Nations in the Charlottetown Accord constitutional reform discussions and addressed the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. He served as Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation from 2005 to 2011 and served as President of the Manitoba New Democratic Party, elected in 2015. Through these and other efforts, he has been a leading advocate for Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

“I know Miles as a good friend and strong advocate for our peoples to return to Nationhood. I support him fully knowing that his leadership will be inclusive and respectful of our diversity, aspirations and sovereignty,” said former Chief Mercredi.

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core action areas that are fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship and meeting the needs of First Nations:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of First Nations inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Ensuring First Nations reap a fair share of economic activity in their respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

“Receiving the support of Ovide Mercredi is a great honour. The leadership role he has played in advocating for our Peoples cannot be overemphasized, including the leading role he played in the constitutional negotiations in the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords and shining a light on the inequality our Peoples experience as a result of racism and lack of access to and benefit from our lands,” says Richardson.

“It has become increasingly clear to me, from First Nations I have been speaking to across the country, that we are at a crossroads and must decide whether we should try to fix the colonial Indian Act system or chart a new path, rebuilding our nations and building a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship with Canada. My vision is for the latter, and to have the support of Ovide Mercredi for my campaign and platform buoys my confidence that together, shoulder to shoulder as Indigenous Peoples, we can do this. Ovide is well known for his leadership for First Nations. His endorsement has brought new momentum to the campaign, which is resonating across the country.”

Other endorsers to-date have included Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chair of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment OrganizationWayne Garnons-Williams, Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River, former National Chief of the AFN and Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec Matthew Coon Come, and Indigenous youth leader and former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull. Past releases on these endorsers can be viewed on his website and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. The campaign will be announcing more endorsers in the coming days.

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:

Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

 

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Former AFN National Chief and Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Georges Erasmus endorses Miles Richardson for National Chief

For Immediate Release July 23, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE
 

Former AFN National Chief and Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Georges Erasmus endorses Miles Richardson for National Chief

Vancouver - In the days before the July 25th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, former National Chief of the AFN and Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) Georges Erasmus has endorsed Miles Richardson in his bid to become the next National Chief of the AFN.

Former National Chief Erasmus served as President of the Dene Nation from 1976 to 1983 and gained national attention for his testimony to the Berger Inquiry, warning of irreparable impacts to his People’s way of life and asserting his People’s sovereignty as a nation. He served as AFN National Chief from 1985 until 1991. He foreshadowed the conflict at Oka and Ipperwash, warning Canada to the fact that violent political action could be a consequence of failing to address his generation of leaders’ concerns. After Oka and the end of his tenure as National Chief, he was asked to serve as Co-Chair the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the most detailed investigation of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples in the country’s history and which continues to be widely regarded as outlining the path for a just reconciliation. Erasmus also served as Chair of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and Chief Negotiator for the Dehcho First Nations in their land claims and self-government negotiations.

“Miles Richardson is someone I have known and admired for many years. He is totally dedicated to the issues of the Aboriginal Peoples of Canada and has spent many years in the struggle to have our rights recognized and implemented,” says Georges Erasmus. “He is one of the most honest and up-front leaders that I have ever known. He is an excellent negotiator that recognizes all sides need to feel that they are getting something for a deal to happen.  He is a great communicator that can get any message he wants across. He is totally committed to any project or position that he assumes or is given. He has the knowledge and experience to be a great Assembly of First Nations National Chief. I am pleased and happy to endorse Miles Richardson for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.”

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core action areas that are fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship and meeting the needs of First Nations:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of First Nations inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.

  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.

  3. Ensuring First Nations reap a fair share of economic activity in their respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“Georges Erasmus has been a remarkable leader for his People, the Dene Nation, and for First Nations across the country,” said Richardson. “He has truly been a powerhouse for our Peoples, for recognition of our sovereignty and nationhood. He helped define the place of the AFN as powerful vehicle for our Peoples’ voices and played a profound leadership role in facilitating what was perhaps the most thorough examination of the relationship between our Peoples and Canada in the history of our shared time on these lands. To this day, RCAP is still widely respected for laying essential steps on the path for resetting and redressing the relationships between our Peoples and Canada.”

Richardson continued, “I am deeply humbled to have Georges Erasmus’ support. With his support, following on the endorsements of two other past National Chiefs, Matthew Coon Come and Ovide Mercredi, we are seeing strong momentum build from coast to coast to coast. I’m feeling confident this momentum will continue to grow as we move into the convention and that together we will bring the change our Peoples need.”

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

Other endorsers to-date have included Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, Chair of the International Inter-Tribal Trade and Investment Organization Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River, former National Chief of the AFN and Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec Matthew Coon Come, Indigenous youth leader and former Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull, and former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation and National Chief of the AFN Ovide Mercredi. These endorsements can be viewed on his website and FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts.

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:

Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

 

 

 

2015 Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

For Immediate Release July 21, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE 

2015 Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

Vancouver – Indigenous Youth Leader and former Mrs. Universe winner Ashley Callingbull is pleased to endorse Miles Richardson, former President of the Council of the Haida Nation, as the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

Ashley has passionately maintained her place as an advocate and role model in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities throughout North America and internationally. Ashley was the first ever Indigenous and Canadian woman to win the Mrs. Universe title in 2015, and has won many other titles, performance credits, and other accolades, which have garnered her a strong national and international prominence and following. Ashley has since used her success and vast following to advance important social and political issues facing Indigenous peoples and Canadians alike.

Having taken a stand for Indigenous Peoples from her platform as Mrs. Universe, Callingbull endorses Richardson’s plan to take a lead role in helping transform the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples from a colonial relationship under the Indian Act framework to an equitable partnership amongst nations, stating “I support Miles Richardson in his campaign for National Chief and his plan to implement Nation-to-Nation relationships between First Nations and Canada. On an equitable footing, in a proper relationship with Canada, Indigenous Peoples are poised to thrive, innovate, and create.”

Miles Richardson’s platform (https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/) is centred on three core actions, fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship between First Nations and Canada:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of First Nations inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Ensuring First Nations reap a fair share of economic activity in their respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Richardson noted “I am grateful to receive the support of Ashley Callingbull. She showed courage as a young Indigenous woman on standing up on the international stage to call out the injustice and disrespect she saw toward our Peoples. She could have stayed silent and received international renown, but chose to use her voice to stand for our Peoples. I commend her for taking a stand, using her voice, and showing pride in who she is as an Indigenous woman.”

Richardson continued, “Ashley sees the capacity of our Peoples for achieving our dreams and the importance of building proper Nation-to-Nation relationships with Canada to achieve those dreams. For too long, our destinies have been shaped by Canada’s colonial policies and approach to our Peoples. In a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship, in which our inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights are respected, our nations will receive their fair share from economic activities in their territories, close social gaps, and achieve economic self-sufficiency. The colonial relationship has kept our Peoples in poverty and struggle. A proper Nation-to-Nation relationship will put our Peoples in the position where our ingenuity will provide the keys to our futures, as it has enabled our peoples to survive and thrive for millennia.”

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:
Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

 

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Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec and AFN National Chief Mathew Coon Come Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

For Immediate Release July 20, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE

Former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec and
AFN National Chief Matthew Coon Come Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

Vancouver - In the week ahead of the July 25th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, Matthew Coon Come, former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec and AFN National Chief, has endorsed Miles Richardson, former President of the Council of the Haida Nation, for the position of National Chief.

“I am happy to pay tribute to Miles Richardson and his character. He has transformed the way First Nations view themselves and their place within Canada. He provides key insights into political activism strategies and how to manage the media”, says Coon Come.

“We both share views on the use and control of land. Across Canada, Aboriginal people are pressing for an expanded share—a fair share—of lands and resources, proper dialogue and revenue sharing, promotion of sustainable resource development, and a cessation of clear cutting,” he continued.  “I know Miles Richardson’s achievements and qualifications will contribute to the remarkable rise of native empowerment with new rules of engagement for resource development and for winning outcomes.”

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core actions that are fundamental to proper Nation-to-Nation relationships between First Nations and Canada:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of our inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing the persistent social and economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Ensuring our nations reap a fair share of economic activity in our respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

“I am deeply honoured to have the support of former Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees of Quebec and AFN National Chief Matthew Coon Come for my run for National Chief,” said Richardson. “Matthew has achieved so much for our Peoples, to leading the Cree’s participation in drafting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to negotiating with Canada, Quebec and New York on major hydro development proposals and support for needed infrastructure in his People’s territory, to championing the assertion of Cree self-determination in relation to Quebec separatism.”

“Matthew ran and won, getting 50% support on the first ballot, on a campaign to ensure the AFN is more than a bureaucratic arm of Indian Affairs and plays the strong advocacy role it is intended to play for our nations,” Richardson said. “Like Matthew, I believe that for the AFN to play its proper role as an advocacy voice for our Peoples, we must stop tinkering to merely improve the colonial Indian Act system designed by the federal government. Instead we must focus on rebuilding our nations and resetting our relationships with the federal government on a Nation-to-Nation basis. We are feeling huge momentum building on our campaign and our confident we will mobilize this support on election day.”

For more information and details on Miles Richardson’s platform, please visit: https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/.

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:
Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

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Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

For Immediate Release July 19, 2018
MEDIA RELEASE

 Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

Vancouver - In the week ahead of the July 25th Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief election, Chief Ava Hill of the Six Nations of the Grand River, has endorsed Miles Richardson, former President of the Council of the Haida Nation, for the position of National Chief.

“In order to understand what the AFN is, we must understand that it is not a government. It is an advocate for the consensus of participating nations,” says Miles Richardson. “For too long the AFN has been reacting to Canada’s agenda; we now must set our own agenda for forging proper Nation-to-Nation relationships with Canada.”

Richardson’s platform is centred on three core actions that are fundamental to establishing proper Nation-to-Nation relationships between First Nations and Canada:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of inherent Aboriginal and treaty rights.
  2. Closing persistent socio-economic gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
  3. Building economies for self-sufficient nations.

“As the Elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River, where the Mohawk, Cayuga, Seneca, Oneida, Onondaga and Tuscarora live, I know we are strongest when we come together to combine our collective power. Miles is a leader who can help bring Indigenous Peoples across the country together and make the AFN truly an effective advocacy body and voice for our nations. As former President of the Haida Nation, who helped his people rebuild their nationhood and successfully renegotiated the Haida Nation’s relationship with Canada and BC, Miles understands that the basis of any Nation-to-Nation relationship rests in the sovereignty of each of our nations. He has been an effective voice for his nation and for nations in the northwest and across BC, and has shown he has the experience and personal effectiveness to lead our nations, together, to transform the relationship with Canada and ensure we are once again thriving as Peoples. With Miles as National Chief, the agenda of the AFN will be driven by the nations of this Assembly, not the Ministers in Ottawa.”

Miles Richardson states, “I am motivated in this election to make lasting and meaningful change in the fundamental relationship our nations and Canada - change that will enable all of us to protect our languages and cultures, enhance opportunities for our children, keep our women and families safe, and ensure the health and wellbeing of our people. I will help our nations reap a fair share of economic activity in our respective territories and achieve economic self-sufficiency.”

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

 

Media Contact:
Jacquie Miller
Press Secretary
Miles Richardson for National Chief Campaign
jacquelyn.miller@gmail.com
604-340-8897

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Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chair of the International Intertribal Trade and Investment Organization, endorses Miles Richardson for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

 

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Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

For Immediate Release July 19, 2018
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Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie Endorses Miles Richardson in upcoming AFN Election

Vancouver - Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band, is proud to endorse Miles Richardson, former President of the Council of the Haida Nation to be the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

“Building our economies is one of the keys to success for Indigenous people. I am honoured to have Chief Clarence Louie in my corner to provide advice and support to effectively challenge the status quo and enhance our financial strength as First Nations people,” says Miles Richardson.  “Our economic success comes from a combination of asserting our inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights to benefit from our lands, but as Chief Louie has shown, it also comes from ingenuity, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurship. Our people are inherently entrepreneurs.”

Miles Richardson’s platform (https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/) is centred on three core actions, fundamental to a proper Nation-to-Nation relationship between First Nations and Canada:

  1. Recognition and affirmation of our inherent Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.
  2. Closing the gaps that have persisted between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people for generations.
  3. Building economies for self-sufficient nations

“Our economies are our number one issue,” says Chief Louie. “Our economic independence is the key to our self-determination, and I believe that Miles’ commitment to building our economic self-sufficiency is the right path and that is why I am behind him 100 percent. ”

As Richardson states, “I will help lead lasting and meaningful change - change that will protect our languages and cultures, enhance the opportunities for our children, keep our women and families safe, and ensure the health and well-being of our people. I will do that in partnership with First Nations first and foremost and with Canada in a Nation-to-Nation relationship in which our inherent and treaty rights are recognized and respected.”

For more information and details on the platform, please visit https://milesrichardsonfornationalchief.com/platform/

The election for the next National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will take place at the 2018 AFN Annual General Assembly in Vancouver on July 25th, 2018.

Media Contact:
Serena Taylor
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