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First Nations' resistance trumps Harper's assimilation agenda

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This has been a difficult month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in terms of Crown-First Nations relations. The First Nations Education Act has met fierce resistance.

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

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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.

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Emergency: Steady funding needed for drug programs in Northern Ontario

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The first time I went to Sandy Lake, Ontario I was there to help administer a pilot project that aimed to reduce addiction in remote communities using an opiod replacement therapy: buprenorphine-naloxone, also called Suboxone.

Sandy Lake is part of the Sioux Lookout region of Northwestern Ontario. I was struck by the profound impact of buprenorphine in this community of 2,500. Within months, the program was freeing people from a life of servitude to oxycontin, heroin and other opioids. 

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