National chief Shawn Atleo resigns


Last updated 5/25/2014 at 1:47pm

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Shawn Atleo, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, announced his sudden resignation during a press conference in Ottawa.

OTTAWA, ON-Shawn Atleo has resigned as Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations over the federal government's proposed overhaul of Aboriginal education.

The AFN chief announced his decision at a news conference in Ottawa on May 2.

Chiefs from across the government have been divided over the Canadian government's First Nations education bill and Atleo had faced calls for his ouster on social media and criticism from some regional chiefs over his support for the overhaul. He said he was no longer willing to be a "lightning rod" for criticizing the bill.

"I have stated clear priority on t...

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