Kristina Kane

Outgoing chief, Kristina Kane, left and deputy chief, Michelle Telep at their Swearing In Ceremony, October, 2012. (Ta'an Kwach'an First Nation)

The chief of the Ta'an Kwäch'än Council in Whitehorse has resigned.

In a statement Friday, Kristina Kane says she's quitting for personal health and safety reasons.

Kane's statement says her term as chief has been "very challenging." She adds she has been the victim of what she calls, "lateral violence."

Kane says a gossip campaign has made it difficult for her to lead the First Nation.

Kane's statement ends by noting that there is a lack of unity among Ta'an Kwäch'än​ First Nation families.

Kane was elected in October 2012 to a three year term.

She declined further comment on Friday.

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