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Shawn Atleo stepped down as national chief of the Assemby of First Nations in Ottawa on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Shawn Atleo stepped down as national chief of the Assemby of First Nations in Ottawa on Friday, May 2, 2014.
(Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Atleo’s departure signals more strain in Ottawa-First Nations relations

AFN Chief Shawn Atleo’s resignation has unravelled the Conservatives’ plans for First Nations education. It’s a sign that relations between Ottawa and First Nations, including on resource projects and pipelines, are likely to become even more strained.

Only three months ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper went to the Blood Tribe reserve in Alberta to announce a “historic agreement” for new legislation on First Nations education, backed with more money.