Shawn Atleo seeks reelection as national chief of Assembly of First Nations
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is seeking a second term at the helm of the national organization representing First Nations in Canada.
The hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation on Vancouver Island is one of eight candidates for the post of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
“I am humbled and honoured by the support of leadership from right across the country. I look forward to constructive dialogue on the important issues before us,” Atleo said in a statement posted today (June 13) on Facebook. “I welcome and encourage a frank exchange of ideas on advancing our Treaty and inherent rights and responsibilities – this is what First Nation citizens expect and deserve. We have a proud tradition of debate and most importantly consensus building to strengthen and empower the success of all of our Nations. I believe firmly that by respecting our diversity, we can and must find ways to support one another. We are absolutely stronger together.”
The other candidates are Bill Erasmus, Ellen Gabriel, Joan Jack, Diane M. Kelly, Terrance Nelson, Pamela Palmater, and George Stanley.
Chiefs from across Canada will elect the next national chief on July 18 during the AFN's 33rd annual general assembly in Toronto.
633 First Nations communities are members of the AFN.