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Assembly of First Nations re-elects Shawn Atleo as National Chief

Election officials at the Assembly of First Nations oversaw three rounds of voting for the national chief. (Photo: Ben Powless)
The Assembly of First Nations has completed its annual meeting in Toronto. Shawn Atleo was elected to a second term as national chief.

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New research helps advocate for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

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What does it take to protect Indigenous women from violence?

Tina Fontaine was a young woman who should have had her whole life ahead of her. She was a much loved daughter, niece, sister and friend. She was also a citizen of the Sagkeeng First Nation and member of an Indigenous community with a rich cultural heritage. However, this past summer she also became another number in a shameful statistic: one of over 1,100 Indigenous women and girls to have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since 1980.

Responding to Tina's death, vigils were held, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups in a renewed call for a national commission of inquiry into the appallingly high numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.


| December 9, 2014 polls

What do you think about the decision to put the First Nations Education Act on hold?

After the resignation of Shawn Atleo, the Harper government has decided that it will put consideration of Bill C-33 First Nation Control of First Nation Education Act on hold until the AFN clarifies their position.

What do you think about the decision to put the First Nations Education Act on hold?


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| May 5, 2014

Harper wins, First Nations lose

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Daniel Wilson explains the background to AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo's resignation.

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| May 2, 2014

Shawn Atleo resigns as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations

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Shawn Atleo has resigned from his position as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Atleo made the annoucement at a news conference this afternoon.

The announcement comes after widespread criticism of Atleo's support for the First Nations Education Act.


First Nations education bill is clearly a failure

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Daniel Wilson reviews Bill C-33, the recently tabled First Nations education legislation.

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