Regional chiefs scramble to replace Shawn Atleo after his sudden resignation amid debate over Conservatives’ education plan

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OTTAWA — Regional chiefs from across the country meet in Ottawa this week to determine how they’ll choose a new leader after the sudden resignation of Shawn Atleo.

The executive committee of the Assembly of First Nations is reviewing their charter and may decide to appoint a temporary national chief now or wait to hold a leadership vote later.

“The AFN executive is meeting this week to determine next steps based on the AFN charter. This may include appointing an interim national chief,” spokesman Alain Garon said in an email.

“We will be sharing this information with First Nations as soon as possible this week.”

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Atleo abruptly quit on Friday afternoon, saying he wanted to avoid being a distraction in the ongoing — and intensifying — debate over the Conservative government’s proposed changes to First Nations education.

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