FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt has officially announced his intention to run for leadership of the Assembly of First Nations.

Pratt made the announcement at Wanuskewin Heritage Park Tuesday morning.

It’s been a tumultuous year for the AFN after former AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald was ousted from the position in June following allegations of workplace harassment.  Archibald, meanwhile, continues to push for a forensic audit of the organization.

“The Assembly of First Nations is at a critical juncture” said Pratt while announcing his leadership campaign. “This campaign is about restoring and rebuilding our national organization, which starts with listening.”

Pratt is a member of Muscowpetung First Nation and has served two terms as an FSIN vice-chief. He also served as co-chair on the AFN Health Committee.

During his speech, Pratt spoke on bringing power back to the chiefs, resource development, jurisdiction, policing, and unity.

“I believe that unity, which I will be striving to build and create in the consensus is going to be the key to move all of our files forward,” he said.

The FSIN Vice-Chief also spoke on the unity of chiefs in Saskatchewan with many on hand for Pratt’s announcement.

“Vice Chief Pratt has been an incredibly hardworking advocate for First Nations people in Saskatchewan,” said Cowessess First Nation Chief Erica Beaudin in a media release.

“With his unmatched work ethic and unwavering dedication (Pratt) will bring First Nations to the table, and ensure we all share in the prosperity of our land,” echoed Norma Catarat, Chief of Buffalo River Dene Nation.

The AFN will be holding an election for a new National Chief in December.

Pratt is the first to put his name forward for election.

(PHOTO – FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt announces his intention to seek election as AFN National Chief.  Photo by Joel Willick.)