VANCOUVER -- The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is expected to talk today about justice, fairness, as well as political, social and economic development for aboriginals in Vancouver.

Shawn Atleo is returning to work after taking a doctor-ordered sick leave and will be joining other First Nations leaders at a special chiefs assembly at the Musqueam Community Recreation Centre.

The AFN says Atleo will emphasize how First Nations can move forward and maintain momentum in their struggle for change.

He'll also be honoured by First Nations' leaders during a special ceremony.

First Nations issues have been at the top of the political agenda recently because of actions like the 44-day fast by Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence in Ottawa.

Thousands of people also marched in the streets and blocked highways to raise awareness about aboriginal issues under the Idle No More banner.