National Chief Shawn Atleo and Prime Minister Stephen Harper both spoke of a renewed relationship Tuesday at the Crown-First Nations Gathering in Ottawa.

But when it came to specifics, the two leaders were slightly – maybe even completely – at odds. Harper said his government has no plans to repeal or rewrite the Indian Act, but Atleo said it is a painful obstacle to reestablishing any form of meaningful relationship.

Still, at the end of daylong meetings, which included 150 chiefs and 12 cabinet ministers, most chiefs said they were heartened by the dialogue and called the event an important first step…

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