RoseAnne Archibald

Photo of RoseAnne Archibald. Image Credit: Assembly of First Nations,

By Johanna Strong

RoseAnne Archibald is currently the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, which represents 634 First Nations with 900,000 members. She was elected on 8 July 2021 and is the first woman to hold the position.

RoseAnne is part of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation and was the first member of her community to complete a Master’s degree. She owned a consulting business which specialised in negotiations for Indigenous leaders and organisers before going into politics. She is also an artist, whose work includes political art, landscape and portrait photography, and music.

Photo of RoseAnne Archibald. Image Credit: The Canadian Press/Chris Young.

In 1990, at the age of 23, she was elected Chief of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation, becoming the youngest chief and the first woman in the role.// She was awarded a Canada 125 medal in 1992 (the 125th anniversary of Canadian confederation in 1867) in recognition of the contribution her leadership made to Canada. She made history again when she became the youngest and the first female Deputy Grand Chief for the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation. In 2018, she became the first woman elected as Ontario Regional Chief.

Photo of RoseAnne Archibald. Image Credit: APTN News.

Upon entering her role as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, she declared that her focus would be responding to settler Canadian colonialism and addressing the historical genocide of Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island. She also acknowledged that she was making history by being a woman, but that she is more concerned with creating a healing path for Indigenous communities and providing opportunities from which they were historically barred.

Recommended Reading

Charnel Anderson, ““Invest in healing”: Chief RoseAnne Archibald on what the next government must do,” 16 September 2021.

Stephen Sackur, interview with RoseAnne Archibald, 4 August 2021.

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