News+Politics January 26, 2012
Shawn Atleo On His Meeting With Stephen Harper

Just this past Tuesday, Canada saw an unprecedented meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations communities from across the country. Shawn Atleo, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, says unifying the disparate voices of Native people will be a struggle but giving the people an opportunity to be heard is the only way to move forward with true reconciliation.

In this clip, Shawn talks about...

Resolving the differences between First Nations leaders and the government
"...there's one of two roads when it comes to the work of reconciling these differences we're talking about. There's the hard road and the harder road. I wish there was an easy road. There is no easy road. And the harder road is the one that is full of conflict. And we've had that. We've had Oka, we've had Gustafsen, we've had Burnt other countries around the world we have the Arab Spring, and we have people's movement, and after all this has to be about the people..."



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