RoseAnne Archibald, from the Taykwa Tagamou Nation in Northeastern Ontario, has been elected national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
She is the first woman to hold the position in the advocacy organization’s 50-year history.
She said she was very grateful to be part of a historic moment.
“The glass ceiling has been broken,” she said during her acceptance speech.
The AFN national chief plays a key role in influencing government policy of importance to First Nations, a job which is especially critical now, with recent discoveries of unmarked burial sites near former residential schools.
The AFN is an advocacy organization representing more than 900,000 First Nations people in 634 communities across the country.
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