Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
Ahousaht First Nation
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. A-in-chut was first elected in 2009 as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. He was re-elected receiving an overwhelming majority of support from First Nations across Canada in 2012 for a second consecutive term.
Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities, National Chief Atleo took forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society. First Nations from across Canada supported A-in-chut in confirming education as a top priority for the Assembly. A-in-chut has been a tireless advocate for First Nations in every region of the country, with federal, provincial and territorial leaders, corporations and civil society, nationally and internationally.
Previously, A-in-chut served two terms as Regional Chief for First Nations across British Columbia. Committed to the principles of working together through inclusion and respect, he forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nation leadership in B.C. in 2005 as well as advancing and achieving the Transformative Change Accord between First Nations and both the Federal and provincial Governments.
In 2008, A-in-chut’s commitment to education was recognized in his appointment as Chancellor of Vancouver Island University, becoming B.C.’s first Indigenous Chancellor. He has been deeply honoured to receive twelve Honourary Doctorates of Laws from universities throughout Canada. He also received the University of Technology (Sydney) Alumni Award for Excellence 2011 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In February, 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.
A-in-chut began his career as a facilitator, trainer and entrepreneur working with and for First Nations peoples. He holds a Masters of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (in partnership with University of British Columbia, University of the Western Cape South Africa, and University of Linkoping Sweden).
Traditional teachings have guided A-in-chut to serve First Nations as a leader, facilitator, mediator, planner and teacher.