(Minister John Duncan (right) with Chief Clifford Bull (left) and Janelle Manitowabi (centre) at the grand opening of Lac Seul’s new Obishikokaang elementary school. (INAC/Photo)
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OTTAWA–Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan underwent heart surgery on Tuesday, according to a message posted on the Indian Affairs website.
Duncan was in hospital for heart valve replacement surgery to replace a congenital heart valve defect, the message said.
“Minister Duncan is in good health and will be recuperating at home for the next few weeks,” the message said.
Heritage Minister James Moore will take up Duncan’s portfolio in the interim.
“Minister Duncan looks forward to coming back and assuming his responsibilities as minister of Indian Affairs,” said the message. “Minister Duncan is thankful for all the kind wishes he has received as he recovers.”
National Chief Shawn Atleo, who is at a special chiefs assembly in Gatineau, Que., said he had only heard the news today and hoped Duncan recovered quickly.