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B.C. Chief apologizes, steps away from missing women portfolio

Shane Gottfriedson has told a special meeting of chiefs that a lewd post on social media was not his finest moment


 
Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson (centre) looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations' annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, B.C. Monday, October 24, 2016. Gottfriedson, the B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, has resigned as head of the assembly's missing and murdered women portfolio after posting a picture with sexual undertones on social media. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson (centre) looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria, B.C. Monday, October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

GATINEAU, Que. – The B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations has resigned as head of the assembly’s missing and murdered women portfolio after posting a picture with sexual undertones on social media.

Shane Gottfriedson has told a special meeting of chiefs that the post—a picture of his legs with an emoji in his groin area—was not his finest moment.

Gottfriedson says he spoke to AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde directly about the matter.

Bellegarde hugged Gottfriedson after he apologized to the meeting.

The organization has yet to indicate who will replace Gottfriedson in the portfolio.

Hearings are expected to begin early next year to examine the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women.


 

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