The Communications Unit of the Assembly of First Nations is mandated to ensure that all First Nations receive timely and relevant information on various international, national, provincial, regional and local issues, priorities, policies and decisions that can impact First Nations. AFN Communications works to raise awareness and support regarding First Nations peoples, priorities and issues, and manages and coordinates strategic communications and media relations.
The Communications Unit distributes information in a wide variety of formats and delivery services including print, broadcast fax, video and video messages, e-mail blasts, the internet, the AFN website, Indigenous and non-Indigenous media and social media.
AFN currently uses Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to engage in and encourage social networking. The AFN website is updated on a daily basis and maintains a media distribution and subscription service which allows users to sign up for regular AFN updates and news delivered to their personal e-mail and mobile device.
A broadcast fax distribution service is also used to ensure information on key issues reaches all First Nations, in particular in areas with low or no connectivity. The AFN uses all these channels and communications vehicles to ensure the widest reach possible to all First Nations regardless of location.