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Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo takes part in a news conference in Ottawa January 10, 2013.
Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo takes part in a news conference in Ottawa January 10, 2013.
(CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS)

Norovirus, exhaustion leave Atleo sidelined as schisms deepen within AFN

The head the Assembly of First Nations is stepping aside temporarily on doctor’s orders as tensions within his organization and a rift with other chiefs are intensifying.

Shawn Atleo, the national chief of the AFN, announced Monday that the long days and nights of the past two weeks, when first nations leaders were preparing for the five-hour session last Friday with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, have caught up with him. He is suffering from norovirus infection and exhaustion.