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National chief demands apology from Air Canada
The country's national aboriginal chief is demanding Air Canada apologize to native people.


October 17, 2011
By The Canadian Press

Oct. 17, 2011, Winnipeg – The country's national aboriginal chief is demanding Air Canada apologize to native people.

Shawn Atleo with the Assembly of First Nations says an internal memo linking aboriginal flood evacuees to increased crime in downtown Winnipeg is disappointing and disconcerting.

The memo became public after the airline decided to stop using the city's downtown hotels for crew layovers because of security concerns.

Atleo says he agrees with Manitoba chiefs who have called the memo racist.

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He says Air Canada should apologize directly to native people and meet with First Nations leaders to repair the damage.

Air Canada has said it didn't mean to offend anyone but stands by its decision.