Shawn Atleo, A-in-chut, Ahousaht, 1967-
He is National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations following his election in 2009. A hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, he was British Columbia Regional Chief of the AFN, and was elected as a member of its Executive Committee in January 2004. For the past twenty years, Atleo has been a negotiator, facilitator, mediator, strategic planner; as a community activist, he has worked tirelessly for the rights and freedoms of his people. As the BC Regional Chief, Atleo is also a founding member of the BC First Nations Leadership Council (BCAFN, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and First Nations Summit), which allows all three organizations to collectively work together to protect the interests of First Nations in BC and to ensure that Aboriginal Title and Rights are recognized, accommodated and reconciled through government-to-government relationships. The new Vancouver Island University, formerly Malaspina University-College, appointed Chief Atleo as its first Chancellor in September, 2008. Atleo has a Masters of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Atleo is also President of Umeek Human Resource Development. He lives in Ahousaht off the coast of Vancouver Island with Nancy, his partner of 20 years, and their two children, Tyson and Tara.

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