B.C. AFN chief formally resigns after Instagram controversy

B.C. AFN chief formally resigns after Instagram controversy

The B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations has formally resigned, months after sparking controversy with a "regrettable" Instagram post.

Shane Gottfriedson first stepped down as head of the assembly's missing and murdered Indigeous women portfolio shortly after posting the picture in December. It showed his bare legs with emojis of red lips and wide eyes near his groin.

The former chief apologized to the public as well as the women's council and went on approved administrative leave soon after.

At the time, he said there were "no excuses" for his "regrettable" actions.

'Best interests' of First Nations

On Monday, the AFN's board of directors announced that Gottfriedson had formally resigned.

"In order to best move forward, the BCAFN Board of Directors and Shane Gottfriedson feel strongly that this decision is in the best interests of B.C. First Nations," a statement read.

Chief Maureen Chapman was appointed acting regional chief in Gottfriedson's absence and will stay in the position until the next scheduled election next year.