March 12, 2018

ATT: First Nations Artists in BC – Call for Submissions

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) 39th Annual General Assembly (AGA) will be held on Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Territory in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 24-26, 2018.

The AFN is a national advocacy organization for First Nations. Its role is to advance First Nation priorities and objectives as mandated by the Chiefs-in-Assembly, who meet annually to set national policy and direction through resolution. The AFN Annual General Assemblies typically attract up to 3,000 delegates to various events held throughout the week.

The AFN is reaching out to First Nation artists from the host region to seek artwork to be featured in promotions and publications for the AGA. The selected artwork will be used for a variety of materials such as the agenda, presentations, signage, and the AFN annual report and website.

The AGA artwork should represent the rich culture and heritage of the host nation. While the theme for the AGA has not yet been confirmed, the artwork could also reflect the concept of bringing nations together or building healthy and thriving First Nations communities.

The AFN will purchase the selected original artwork and require that the artist sign an authorization/release form granting AFN the unrestrained rights to use the artwork for purposes related to the AGA and the subsequent Special Chiefs Assembly in December 2018.

If you are interested in submitting artwork for consideration by the AGA Planning Committee, we will be accepting samples until March 31, 2018. Photos can be emailed to

Please contact Gail Boyd at if you have any questions.

For more information about the AFN visit:

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BC AFN Social & Cultural Events Program

The BC Assembly of First Nations (BC AFN) is proud to be hosting the upcoming AFN Annual General Assembly (AGA) that will be held from July 24th-26th in Vancouver, BC, the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-waututh First Nations. The BC AFN is planning a series of exciting Social and Cultural Events for the AGA that will showcase local First Nations art, music, food, fashion and
culture, including:

July 23: Official Welcome Reception

The Welcome Reception is available for all delegates the evening of Monday, July 23rd before the start of the Annual General Assembly. Delegates and guests will be welcomed by Coast Salish First Nations and the experience will include dancing and singing showcasing First Nations culture as well as Indigenous cuisine. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to relax and reconnect with old friends or make new ones before the work of the General Assembly begins.

July 24: Night Out at River Rock

This off-site social night is open for all delegates, held at the River Rock Casino on Tuesday, July 24th in the Showroom Theatre. Located on the traditional territory of the Musqueam First Nation, the River Rock Casino is conveniently located 15 minutes away from the Convention Centre on the Canada Line Skytrain. This will be a fun-filled, high-energy evening of dancing and contemporary live music, which will feature Tewanee Joseph’s local rock band Bitterly Divine and other local performers. This event includes a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

July 25: Gala Evening

The highlight of the BC AFN’s Social and Cultural Program will be a special evening of celebration in honour of the newly elected National Chief. The evening will begin with a networking reception at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, followed by dinner and a fashion show featuring clothing from prominent Indigenous designers. Dinner and fashion show will be followed by live performances from Juno award winner Murray Porter, hip-hop DJ O Show and more. Early Bird pricing is now available at

Stay tuned for more information on a First Nations’ Community Bus Tour and Companion Itinerary!
For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Claire Marshall at
For more information on the Annual General Assembly, and on how to register as a delegate, please refer to this document

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