Shawn Atleo

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Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
Assumed office
Preceded by Phil Fontaine
Personal details
Born 1967 [1]
Ahousaht, British Columbia
Spouse(s) Nancy (m 1986)
Children Tyson and Tara
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Ahousaht, British Columbia
Alma mater University of Technology, Sydney
Occupation First Nations national leader

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada.

Early years[edit]

Atleo was born in 1967 in Ahousaht, British Columbia. He is a First Nations activist 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.[2]

He holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change (MEd) from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.[2]

AFN leadership[edit]

He was elected the AFN's National Chief at the leadership convention on July 23, 2009, defeating Perry Bellegarde after eight rounds of voting.[3]

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.[4]

Duties outside of AFN[edit]

In 2008, he was named Chancellor of Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, British Columbia, becoming the first university chancellor of Aboriginal heritage in the province's history.

Atleo has been the executive director of a family addictions treatment facility and of an Aboriginal post-secondary training institute, Umeek Human Resource Development.[2] 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.[2] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Atleo and his partner of 27 years Nancy have two adult children, Tyson and Tara.[5]

Awards and honorary degrees[edit]


  1. ^ Native Leaders of Canada - Shawn Atleo
  2. ^ a b c d "New AFN chief from B.C. boasts resume of education and community work". Canadian Press, July 23, 2009.
  3. ^ "Atleo elected new AFN chief". The Globe and Mail, July 23, 2009.
  4. ^ [1]. The Star, July 18, 2012.
  5. ^

External links[edit]

  • Shawn Atleo
  • Imagining Canada - A Century of Photographs Preserved By The New York Times [2]
Academic offices
Preceded by
New position
Chancellor of Vancouver Island University
September 2008–present