|Shawn A-in-chut Atleo|
|National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations|
2009 – 2014
|Preceded by||Phil Fontaine|
|Succeeded by||Ghislain Picard (interim)|
Ahousaht, British Columbia
|Spouse(s)||Nancy (m 1986)|
|Children||Tyson and Tara|
Ahousaht, British Columbia
|Alma mater||University of Technology, Sydney|
Atleo was born in 1967 in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is an activist for the rights of First Nations in Canada and formerly served as the AFN's Regional Chief in British Columbia. He has also been a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation, since 1999, part of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation.
Atleo was re-elected for a second term on July 19, 2012, in the third round of voting at the AFN's 2012 leadership convention. He resigned from his position as AFN Chief on May 2, 2014 amid controversy over Bill C-33, the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act.
Duties outside of AFN
Atleo has been the executive director of a family addictions treatment facility and of an Aboriginal post-secondary training institute, Umeek Human Resource Development. He was a participant in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and led a delegation to assist in rebuilding indigenous communities in Indonesia following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its associated tsunami. He is also a member of the World Future Council, the National Patron of Free the Children We Day and a member of the National Leadership Council for Habitat for Humanity.
Awards and honorary degrees
- The College of Family Physicians of Canada/Scotiabank Family Medicine Lectureship Award (2013)
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from University of Cape Breton (2013)
- Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from University of New Brunswick (2013)
- 2013 Indspire Award (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award) for Education
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from University of Guelph (2013)
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal presented by Governor General David Johnston (2012)
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Ryerson University (2012)
- Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from Queen's University (2012)
- Honorary Doctorate of Civil Law Degree from Bishop's University (2012)
- Honorary Doctor of Technology Degree from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) (2012)
- Vancouver Magazine Power 50 Award (2011)
- Ottawa Life Magazine Top 50 list of Capital People (2011)
- Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Technology, Sydney (2011)
- Vancouver Magazine Power 50 Award (2010)
- Honorary Doctor of Education Degree from Nipissing University (2010)
- Vancouver Magazine Power 50 Award (2009)
- Native Leaders of Canada - Shawn Atleo
- "New AFN chief from B.C. boasts resume of education and community work". Canadian Press, July 23, 2009.
- "Atleo elected new AFN chief". The Globe and Mail, July 23, 2009.
- . The Star, July 18, 2012.
|Chancellor of Vancouver Island University