Embattled former national chief says AFN ‘has gone off the rails,’ as leaders meet

 By Marlo Glass THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX- The dramatic decision to remove RoseAnne Archibald as the first female leader of the largest First Nations advocacy organization in Canada “was not taken lightly,” its interim chief told a gathering on Tuesday, even as some continued pushing for the ousted leader to be reinstated. Joanna Bernard, a regional chief from New Brunswick who was tapped to serve in the role temporarily, addressed the Assembly of First Nations for the first time since Archibald’s removal over complaints that staff had filed about her conduct. “We know the decision was not taken lightly and was a result of careful consideration by the leadership and representatives of our nations,” Bernard said in Halifax at the AFN’s annual general assembly. Archibald, who was elected in 2021,…

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