Shawn Atleo will remain as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations for a second term. APTN repots after three rounds of voting, Atleo earned 341 votes of of 512 from First Nations leaders across Canada, well above the 60 per cent needed to retain his post as leader. Atleo’s strong support from British Columbia helped him beat seven other candidates, his closest rival being Mi’qmaq lawyer and Ryerson University professor Pamela Palmateer, who got 141 votes on the final ballot.
After accusing him of getting to cozy with Ottawa politicians and leaving fellow chiefs out of negotiations, critics of the First Nations leader are telling Atleo to get tougher with the Conservative government, according to the CBC.
In a victory speech, Atleo said the federal government has to respect treaty rights, titling rights, and that First Nations must be full partners in addressing resource development.
He’ll have another three years to prove he accomplish that.
Thursday, July 19, 2012