AFN rejects eduction bill

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons...

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:05 AM ET

OTTAWA -- The Assembly of First Nations unanimously rejected the government's proposed First Nations education bill in a day-long meeting that exposed deep infighting among various communities across Canada.

A special meeting among chiefs was convened in Ottawa Tuesday, ostensibly to discuss the government's bill, but also the need to replace Shawn Atleo.

Atleo headed the AFN until abruptly stepping down last month, saying he didn't want to be a "lightning rod" in the highly charged debate on First Nations education.

The education bill included more than $1 billion in additional funding over three years, but didn't start until 2016 and many chiefs complained their communities weren't adequately consulted.

 

 

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