Island native leaders praise departing Shawn Atleo

Steve Sharratt & Mike Carson
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Shawn Atleo speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Friday, May 2, 2014. Atleo is resigning as the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Two P.E.I. native leaders issued a statement Monday thanking former National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo for his contributions and accomplishments for the Aboriginal population of Canada.

“We were shocked and profoundly disappointed to hear of the resignation by Chief Atleo as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations,” Chief Brian Francis of the Abegweit First Nation and Chief Matilda Ramjattan of the Lennox Island First Nation said in the statement.

“Chief Atleo has proven himself to be a man of great principle, character and integrity. He has been an inspirational leader and a tireless fighter in smashing the status quo and advancing positive outcomes for the First Nations across Canada. We owe Chief Atleo a sincere debt of gratitude for all he has achieved on our behalf.”

The First Nations across the country, including the two Mi’kmaq First Nations on Prince Edward Island, said they will continue Chief Atleo’s fight.

“We will continue to strive for change and ensure that our aboriginal and treaty rights are recognized and advanced. We will continue to fight for respect and to foster an understanding that stronger First Nations are vital for a stronger Canada.”

Organizations: Assembly of First Nations, Abegweit First Nation, Lennox Island First Nation

Geographic location: Canada, Prince Edward Island

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