Grand Chief Gordon Peters issued the following statement regarding the National Chief’s resignation:
It is unfortunate that Mr. Atleo felt he could not carry through in his role as National Chief when there are so many critical issues facing our peoples.
The announcement this afternoon does not change our responsibility to ensure that we protect our children’s education. We will stay the course and not allow the federal government to divest its responsibilities through its legislative process.
We respect Mr. Atleo as an individual and we thank his family and his community for allowing him to spend the past five years in the role of National Chief.
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