Shawn Atleo resigned his post as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations on Friday amid a tense standoff surrounding the future of education in Canada's aboriginal communities.
Atleo announced his resignation Friday afternoon, stating he did not want to be a "lightning rod" or obstacle in the campaign to improve First Nation education.
The long-time national chief has faced strong opposition to his position on Bill C-33, the so-called First National Control of First Nations Education Act. Atleo had backed the new deal, which critics said would allow Ottawa to maintain control of First Nations education, save for various administrative functions.
In his resignation, Atleo continued to support the bill, calling it the “a sincere, constructive effort on the part of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take a step forward.”
Atleo stated, "I have carried out my actions based on principle and integrity.Read More »from Assembly of First Nations Chief Shawn Atleo resigns amid tense education debate