National Chief Shawn Atleo gets his second mandate
Shawn Atleo is flanked by great aunts Flossie Atleo (left) and Gertrude
Frank in Toronto Monday during voting for the national chief of the
Assembly of First Nations. Photograph by: Michelle Siu
By Teresa Smith, Postmedia News: TORONTO — Chiefs from across Canada have given National Chief Shawn
Atleo a mandate to continue his advocacy at the Assembly of First
Nations for another three-year term.
"I believe that this is our
moment," said Atleo after he was sworn in for a second term as national
chief. "We are part of movement, not only in this country we call
Canada, but indigenous peoples around the world . . . we will take our
rightful place in our respective territories."
opponents, Dr. Pam Palmater and Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, each
drew support from other candidates forced to drop off the first and
second ballot in an "Anything but Atleo" approach.
But in the end
Atleo earned 341 votes — surpassing the required 60 per cent of the 540
votes cast. Palmater finished with 141 votes and Erasmus had 30.
characterized his leadership as "too cozy" with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's government, however, Chief Byron Louis of Okanagan Indian Band
in British Columbia — a stronghold province for Atleo — dismissed those
"If you're supposed to be an advocate, how can you spend most of your time arguing?"...Continue reading...