The Executive Committee of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and its national board of directors have voted to suspend national chief Roseanne Archibald with immediate effect.
Archibald has been charged with bullying and harassment by four members of staff. The claims are now the subject of an external investigation.
“The national chief was suspended with pay until the outcome of the current investigation into the four complaints against him,” the AFN said in a statement.
This is the first time a national president has been suspended by the executive committee.
“Until the Executive Committee reviews the inquiry report and takes a final decision on his status, he will be suspended,” the statement said.
AFN said it made the decision because Archibald, in a statement released Thursday – responding to Nation World News reporting about the allegations – “violated its obligations to AFN,” its code of conduct, whistleblower policy and its designation. Going against the oath of
Archibald said in that statement that the allegations were a “smear campaign.” He called for a forensic audit and an independent investigation into the conduct of AFN over the past eight years.
In a statement posted on Twitter on Friday, Archibald said she would not back down.
Archibald said, “What’s happening is wrong, but it’s not about me; it’s a manufactured distraction from my repeated calls to investigate wrongdoings within the past eight years or so of AFN.”
The AFN confirmed Thursday that it had received several complaints about Archibald last month and determined the findings supported further investigation by an outside investigator.
AFN spokesman, regional chief Paul Prosper, said the organization felt it had no choice but to suspend Archibald.
“It is regrettable that we had to take this serious action but we had no other choice,” Prosper said in the organization’s statement Friday.
“The national chief has seriously violated his obligations to the AFN through baseless and baseless public attacks on the integrity of our organization and our employees that will only serve to undermine the good work we have done as we continue to live in our first nation.” continue to serve the communities.”