Intimidation allegations against the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

The complaints were filed under the organization’s whistleblower policy.

In a statement released Thursday, theAPN confirmed that it had received a number of complaints against Ms Archibald last month and determined that the findings warranted further investigation by an external investigator.

In her own statement released on Thursday, Ms Archibald welcomed the opening of the investigation and called for a forensic audit and an independent inquiry into the past eight years of operation of theAPN.

Ms Archibald alleges that the four staff members filed suit against her after they tried to obtain contract payments worth $1 million.

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A quote from Excerpt from RoseAnne Archibald’s statement

The whistleblower mechanism used by staff to file complaints against Ms Archibald was set up last year following a separate investigation into bullying and harassment she faced when she was chief Ontario regional.

Contested practices

The new complaints include Ms. Archibald’s alleged introduction of a Hawaiian cultural practice called ho’oponopono at weekly meetings. The complainants allege that as part of this practice, Ms Archibald recites prayers for staff members to heal or correct their mistakes, and asks them to share their childhood traumas.

Several sources who spoke to The Canadian News said some staff members said the practice had re-traumatized them. These sources testified on condition of anonymity, for fear of reprisals.

Ms Archibald’s attorney, Aaron Detlor, told The Canadian News he was not aware of any Hawaiian cultural practices employed by the national leader or her asking people to reveal childhood trauma. He added that he knew that Ms. Archibald strongly believed in Aboriginal healing practices.

The four staff members who filed the complaints are on paid leave. Ms. Archibald retains her position as National Chief.

According to CBC sources, the problems at the office of theAPN in Ottawa began shortly after Ms. Archibald took office last summer.

These sources describe the workplace as toxic and say staff dread coming to work each day.

The same sources, familiar with the workings of Ms Archibald’s office, say employees were reprimanded by the national leader and brought to tears due to criticism of their work.

Internal pressures

RoseAnne Archibald was the first woman to hold the position of Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Photo: Laura Barrios

According to three sources, Mrs Archibald has still not signed her employment contract and has asked to receive the same salary as the Prime Minister. In a recording of a Wednesday meeting with Ontario regional chiefs – reviewed by The Canadian News – Ms. Archibald is heard denying asking for such a salary.

Mr. Detlor said the allegation is simply incorrect.

This would frankly raise broader questions related to some underlying issues where breaches of confidentiality and attempts to resolve issues by the press are undermining the national leader’s efforts to embark on a path of healing.he said.

At the same meeting with the Ontario Chiefs, the sources said, Ms. Archibald allegedly asked for support in disbanding the secretariat of theAPNthe administrative and operational arm of the organization, which employs around 200 people.

Ms. Archibald is also under pressure from some First Nations chiefs to resign.

McLeod Lake Indian Band Chief Harley Chingee, whose band is in British Columbia, has drafted a resolution to be tabled at the AFN chiefs assembly next month to force the ousting of RoseAnne Archibald. This resolution was seconded by Long Plain First Nation Chief Kyra Wilson, whose community is in Manitoba.

With information from CBC’s Olivia Stefanovich News

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