Former AFN chief barred from AGM for violating code of conduct

HALIFAX — The former head of the Assembly of First Nations was barred from participating in Tuesday’s annual general meeting after allegations that she violated its code of conduct.

Joanna Bernard, who was appointed interim chief late last week, did not say how RoseAnne Archibald violated the code, but the decision came after Archibald denounced leaders, calling her ousting an example of “lateral violence” and a reflection of “hatred.”

Archibald was removed from her role on June 28 after an independent review found she breached internal policies and exhibited behaviour deemed by the review as harassment.

Bernard said she is committed to making the assembly safe for all.

“There must be zero-tolerance policies within the AFN,” she said.

“We pledge to ensure that happens, and we are already taking steps.”

Speaking to chiefs Wednesday, Pabineau First Nation’s Terry Richardson urged that members stop attacking Bernard on social media with comments that he said have been “disrespectful” and “unacceptable.”

“To attack her is not the way,” he said.

“That’s not the L’Nu or native way, either, and not the Mi’kmaw way.”