The Great Circle of our First Nations

The Great Circle of our First Nations

The Great Circle of our First Nations

Welcome to the AFNQL

The AFNQL was created in May 1985. It is composed of the Chiefs’ Assembly and an administrative office. The Assembly is composed of Chiefs from 43 communities of the First Nations of Quebec-Labrador and represent a total of ten Nations: Abenaki, Algonquin, Atikamekw, Cree, Hurons-Wendat, Innu, Maliseet, Mi’gmaq, Mohawk, and Naskapi.

The AFNQL holds Chiefs’ Assemblies four times a year, at which time it is empowered with different political mandates to its administrative office and Commissions created by the Chiefs’ Assembly. The Chiefs-in-Assembly elect, for a three-year mandate, the AFNQL Chief.

The current Chief, Mr. Ghislain Picard has been holding this appointment since 1992, and has embarked in his tenth term of office.

The AFNQL is attached to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) whose office is located in Ottawa. The Chief of the AFNQL is a member of the AFN Executive and can be named holder of national files (examples: international, education, health, finances, etc).

Latest News

September 12, 2019 – Press Release – Special Commission on the Rights of the Child and Youth Protection: The AFNQL will ensure that the rights of children and communities are recognized and respected

September 9, 2019 – Press Release – Promoting wellness through sustainable partnerships: The AFNQL and the FNQLHSSC have joined the collective in supporting the development of a national suicide prevention strategy.

Job posting – Project Coordinator for the AFNQL Council of Elected Women

August 30, 2019 – Press Release – Signing of a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding on health and social services governance for Quebec First Nations

August 9, 2019 – Press Release – The AFNQL Marks the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

July 18, 2019 – Press Release – The AFNQL Calls for Calm

July 1, 2019 – Press Release – Grand Chief Polson is not in the mood for celebration

June 25, 2019 – Press Release – Bill C-262 Dead on the Order Paper: Partisanship Over the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

June 21, 2019 – Press Release – Adoption of Bill C-92: A big day for our children

June 19, 2019 – Press Release – KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples is back this summer in Quebec City!

June 13, 2019 – Press Release – The AFNQL Supports the Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

June 3, 2019 – Press Release – Report on the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – Genocide and Human Rights Violations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

May 28, 2019 – Press Release – Special Parliamentary Committee on Youth Protection “Our Children Also Deserve to Grow Up in Dignity”

May 9, 2019 – Press Release – The AFNQL Warns Against Impostors







Upcoming Events


AFNQL Chiefs Assembly

Declaration on a First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sovereignty Affirmation Process