Shawn Atleo

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Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
In office
2009 – 2014[1]
Preceded byPhil Fontaine
Succeeded byGhislain Picard (interim)
Personal details
Born1967 [2]
Vancouver, British Columbia
ResidenceVancouver, British Columbia
Alma materUniversity of Technology, Sydney

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada.[1]

Early years[edit]

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.[3]

He holds a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change (MEd) from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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[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.[3] 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 tsunami.

Personal life[edit]

Atleo is also first cousin of Canadian electronic musician and producer Rhys Fulber, who is known for appearing on the Roadrunner United track "The End".[citation needed].

Awards and honorary degrees[edit]


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

External links[edit]

  • 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 2008–2014