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Assembly of First Nations chief says suspension ‘unlawful’, seeks court order – National

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald and her lawyers say the organization’s decision to suspend her and prevent her from attending its annual general meeting violates its own charter.

Archibald was suspended by the AFN National Executive Committee and Board of Directors on June 17, following a public statement she made the day before.

In it, Archibald alleges she was attacked for trying to investigate corruption and collusion within the assembly and called for a forensic audit of the organization over the past eight years.

Last week’s assembly statement says she is suspended with pay until an investigation into four complaints against her is completed, and the committee has an opportunity to consider a subsequent report.

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She accuses him of “serious breaches of his obligations to the AFN” and public attacks that undermine the work of the assembly.

Archibald says the executive committee does not have the power to suspend a national leader, which would require calling a special assembly, and she is seeking a court order to have her suspension declared null and void.

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