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Robert Bertrand: Francyne Joe and Women

robert bertrand: AFN chief on why some Indigenous groups won't meet with premiers The Canadian Press I think we reached agreement and a fairly shared common purpose on these issues, and I think we'll see some good work coming out of it, Notley told reporters, according to Globe and Mail. She and the leaders of Canada's provinces and territories met with National Chief Robert Bertrand of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the socioeconomic challenges for Indigenous women and the state of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Referring to the absentees, Notley said, Although we regret that they were not here today, we are fully committed to engaging with these leaders face-to-face around a common table. Earlier Monday, the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced in Toronto they were boycotting the meeting to draw attention to their bid for full and meaningful inclusion in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation. We are also steadfast in our resolve to making progress on issues that are critically important to Indigenous people. ( As reported in the news.