The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) invites you to its 3rd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow: First Nations Water Future Post-2021, taking place November 20-22, 2019 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, Ontario. The Government of Canada has committed to end all Long-Term Drinking Water Advisories on-reserve by March of 2021…but what will happen after that?

Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinctive spiritual relationship with their traditionally owned or otherwise occupied and used lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold their responsibilities to future generations in this regard.

Registration Package

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Water Symposium Overview

The AFN Water Symposium will host plenary sessions, workshops and dialogue opportunities to hear your views on the long-term goals, objectives and strategies for First Nations water and wastewater future post-2021.

This Symposium will also provide an opportunity to update the existing AFN National Water Declaration and to convey to Canada and the world our goals, objectives and priorities as First Nations in the post-2021 water future.

Symposium Agenda:


November 19, 2019

4:00pm – 9:00pm
Symposium Pre-Registration Open

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Welcome Reception


November 20, 2019

7:30am – 5:00pm
Symposium Registration Open

8:30am – 5:00pm

9:00am – 5:00pm
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions


November 21, 2019

8:00am – 5:00pm
Symposium Registration Open

8:30am – 5:00pm

9:00am – 5:00pm
Plenaries, Panel Presentations and Workshop Sessions


November 22, 2019

8:30am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 12:00pm
Panel Presentations, Workshop Sessions, Closing Plenary

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Water Symposium Tradeshow

As part of the event, the AFN is hosting a Tradeshow, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your innovative products and interact with First Nation leadership, administrators, public works technicians, operators, non-governmental organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

Please note that there are a limited number of Tradeshow booths available for the Symposium and the registration fee for a Trade Show booth is $2,034.00. To obtain a registration form or more information on the Tradeshow, please contact Larry Whiteduck by phone at 613.241.6789, ext. #237 or by email at [email protected].


Registration Process

Pre-Registration forms and payment must be received at the AFN office by November 13, 2019. An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to November 8, 2019; registration fees are non-refundable after November 8, 2019.

Please make cheques payable to the National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, 3rd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow, Assembly of First Nations, 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, Ottawa, ON, K1P 6L5 or by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to [email protected].

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Registration Fees

(includes HST)

  • First Nation Chief:  $300.00
  • First Nation Delegate Registration Fee: $300.00
  • Corporate/Government Official Delegate Registration Fee: $500.00

Hotel Accommodations

Our host hotel for the Symposium is the Fairmont Royal York. The room rate is $239/night plus applicable taxes.

DEADLINE: Room rate available only until October 28, 2019.

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 3rd Annual National Water Symposium and Tradeshow, please indicate your interest by email to [email protected].

Travel Discounts

Getting to Toronto:

Flight Centre:
If you do not have a preferred travel agent and require assistance making your travel arrangements to the Symposium, please contact Tyler Brennan at Flight Centre Business Travel.

Tyler Brennan, Assistant Manager
Flight Centre Business Travel – Glebe
763 Bank Street – Room B
Ottawa, ON K1S 3V3

Telephone: 613-321-0120
Toll-free: 1-877-565-5295
Fax: 613-321-0426
E-mail: [email protected]

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Applicable Rules

  • The booking is to be made to the following cities: Toronto All Airports (YTZ,YYZ) (ON)
  • The travel period begins November 18, 2019 and ends November 24, 2019.
  • No discount will apply to Standard or Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.


For the upcoming 3rd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow, we are able to offer 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Toronto. To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed.

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Travel from: November 18 – 24, 2019:

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Promo Code (Travel agent GDS only): VCC72



Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Toronto. The discounted fares are available for travel from November 18th to November 24th, 2019.

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.


Registration Inquiries

Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email: [email protected]

General Inquiries

Telephone: (613) 241-6789
Fax: (613) 241-5808
Email: [email protected]

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you in Toronto!

Brent Nolan3rd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow
Assembly of First Nations