National Chief of Assembly of First Nations RoseAnne Archibald has been suspended

RoseAnne Archibald. Image credit: Twitter handle of RoseAnne Archibald

Ottawa/CMEDIA: An executive committee of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and its national board of directors has voted to suspend National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, effective immediately.

The claims of four of the staff member of Archibald who have accused Archibald of bullying are now the subject of an external investigation.

“The National Chief was suspended with pay pending the outcome of a current investigation into four complaints against her,” the AFN said in a statement on Friday.

This is the first time that the executive committee has suspended the national chief.

“She will be suspended until the Executive Committee reviews the investigation report and makes a final decision regarding her status,” the statement said.

The four staff members who made the complaints are reportedly on paid leave.

AFN has hired an outside firm to conduct the investigation.

The complaints included Archibald allegedly introducing a new practice at weekly meetings, a Hawaiian tradition called ho’oponopono, which includes having staff recount traumas as a form of healing.

It was reportedly said by Archibald’s legal counsel, Aaron Detlor, that he wasn’t aware of Archibald practising ho’oponopono, including her asking staff to share their traumas.

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