First Nations National Assembly leader suspended

First Nations Assembly national leader RoseAnne Archibald is suspended from her duties following a “public statement in breach of her obligations” to the AFN.

Updated yesterday at 20:56.

AFN’s national executive committee and board of directors confirmed on Friday that she has been suspended with immediate effect and is being paid pending the outcome of an ongoing investigation into four complaints filed against her.

Both panels voted to suspend Archibald, a decision “motivated by his public statement” on Thursday, which they say violated his oath of office, the organization’s code of conduct and the AFN’s whistleblower policy.

In a written statement Thursday, Archibald claimed she was “undermined, discredited and attacked” for trying to root out corruption within the AFN.

In his statement, Archibald called for a forensic review and an independent investigation into the AFN’s behavior over the past eight years.

The country chief is suspended pending the executive committee’s review of an investigative report and a final decision on her status.

She has been ordered not to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and will be banned from attending the annual general meeting and general assembly in early July, the statement on the APN’s website said.

“It is unfortunate that we had to take this drastic action, but we had no choice,” said regional head Paul Prosper, a spokesman for AFN, on Friday.

“The National Chief has committed gross breaches of their obligations to the AFN by publicly attacking the integrity of our organization and our employees, without basis or evidence, which will only serve to undermine the excellent work we are doing while we… continue to serve our first nations communities,” he added.

Mme Archibald was not immediately available for comment on his suspension.

But in a statement on Friday, she said she would not back down in her attempt to shed light on what she calls “corruption and collusion within the NPC.”

“I think the AFN has a tendency to launch bogus investigations,” she said.

“What’s happening is bad, but it’s not about me. It is a fabricated distraction from my repeated calls to investigate the past eight years of wrongdoing within the AFN,” she argued.

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