Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke to First Nations chiefs from across Canada Tuesday morning.
He called for creative changes to the Indian Act but said he had no plans to abolish the document that some First Nations leaders call an outdated relic which fosters a relationship of dependency.
While Harper’s speech was met with polite clapping, the chiefs gave their own leader, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations’ Shawn Atleo, a standing ovation for his comments.
What did both men say?
Here’s The Huffington Post Canada’s version of he said, he said.