Joanna Bernard named interim AFN chief

New Brunswick’s own Joanna Bernard has been named as the interim national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Officials made the announcement Monday, saying Bernard, who is a regional assembly chief, will serve as leader until a formal election in December.

The appointment comes after former National Chief RoseAnne Archibald was expelled from the role in June 28.

“I am honoured to be selected as the interim National Chief,” said Bernard in a statement.

“It is crucial that the Assembly of First Nations resume its important work of advancing First Nations’ priorities.”

Bernard said as interim chief, she’s focused on restoring confidence in the organization and ensuring Indigenous voices are heard and respected by all.

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs congratulated Bernard on the appointment through a post on Twitter.

“We are proud to see a New Brunswicker named to this important national position,” he said.

“Interim National Chief Bernard brings a solid foundation of experience and expertise to her new role, and we wish her much success.”

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