THUNDER BAY – Grand Chief Shawn Atleo was re-elected on the third ballot to the position of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Atleo led after the second ballot and was only three votes short of the sity percent majority that he would need in order to be re-elected. Pam Malmater was second, in the balloting.
Prime Minister Harper was quick to respond to the news of National Chief Atleo’s re-election.
“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate Shawn A-in-chut Atleo on his re-election as the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The Government of Canada and First Nations have an enduring historic relationship based on mutual respect, friendship and support. During the Crown-First Nations Gathering in January 2012, we reaffirmed our commitment to further strengthen this important relationship by working together toward common goals, including creating the conditions for greater First Nations participation in the economy, and improving standards of living and quality of life,” stated the Prime Minister.
“I look forward to continue working with National Chief Atleo to keep building solid partnerships between First Nations people and other Canadians, to the mutual benefit of us all,” added PM Harper.
The National Chief has faced critical commentary from some of the other candidates over what has been perceived as a cozy relationship with the federal government. However with the re-election with a 66% mandate, it appears that the majority support the effort and directions that the AFN has taken under National Chief Atleo’s leadership.
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