Canada aboriginal group picks new chief, development in spotlight

December 10, 2014 8:05 PM

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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canada's main aboriginal political group, the Assembly of First Nations, elected a national chief on Wednesday, setting the stage for new debate on the role aboriginals play in the development of resources from pipelines to mining in Canada.

Perry Bellegarde, head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, was elected with 62.7 percent of the vote on the first ballot, avoiding a runoff.

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