Political & Economic Organizations - Additional Reading
Business and Politics
Assembly of First Nations
The National Indian Brotherhood changed its name to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in 1982. The AFN represents the interests of over 630 First Nations in Canada both federally and provincially. Its mandate is 'to restore and enhance the historical relationship between First Nations and the Canadian government'. Where one First Nation speaking out might not receive the attention it needs, the AFN is highly influential because it speaks for so many member nations.
The organization works to present unified views on issues affecting First Nations people, such as Aboriginal rights, economic development, education, environment, health, housing, justice, language and literacy, social development, taxation and treaty rights. Treaty rights are special rights to land and other benefits due to people who signed a treaty and descendants of those people. The AFN also acts as a forum for various First Nations to maintain relationships among one another.