In a statement released today by Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, she says she is battling “corruption” within the AFN organization, which includes “backroom deals”, “large payouts to staff”, and documented incidences of “collusion”.
She says the AFN Secretariat and two regional chiefs, though she does not name which chiefs, “are choosing to focus on infighting rather than advocacy for the people that we serve.”
Archibald began her statement by saying “I have spent my 33 years in leadership cleaning up political messes. I stand for truth, transparency, and accountability. I campaigned to bring these values to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and that is why I was elected.”
She says she welcomes an investigation by the four staff “who have tried to secure over a million dollars in contract payouts, in spite of the fact that this is a desperate attempt to stop me from uncovering wrongdoing within the AFN."
She is calling for a forensic audit and independent inquiry in to the conduct of the AFN over the last eight years to “identify the toxicity within our organization."
She promised that in the coming days more information “will be revealed".
“What was done in darkness shall always find its way into the light,” she concludes her statement.