The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. This includes more than 800,000 citizens living in 633 First Nations communities, as well as rural and urban areas.
Every Chief in Canada is entitled to be a member of the AFN. The National Chief is elected by the Chiefs who are in turn elected by their citizens. Policy and direction for the AFN is established by the Chiefs-in-Assembly through the passage of resolutions.
The AFN is an advocacy organization for First Nations. Its role is to advance First Nation priorities and objectives as mandated by the Chiefs-in-Assembly. This includes providing an organizing and coordinating role, providing legal and policy analysis, communicating with governments and the general public, facilitating national and regional discussions and facilitating relationship building between the Crown and First Nations.