Grand Chief Shawn Atleo resigned last week
Assembly of First Nations regional chiefs have decided not to appoint an interim leader, but to have the executive committee run the organization until the election of a new leader.
There will be a special chiefs assembly at the end of the month in Ottawa for all chiefs to decide the AFN's position on the First Nations education bill and when to hold an election for a new national chief.
An election will likely be held in the fall.
The decision came after hours of talks over two days, triggered by the surprise resignation of National Chief Shawn Atleo last Friday over criticism of his handling of the government's proposed legislation to overhaul First Nations education.
AFN Quebec regional chief Ghislain Picard has been designated spokesperson.
Picard said the federal government did the right thing Monday in putting the First Nations education act legislation on hold until the AFN clarifies its position on the bill.