Interview with Shawn Atleo – Candidate for AFN National Chief

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AFN National Chief AtleoTHUNDER BAY – Aboriginal Now – Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is the incumbent National Chief running for re-election. He is a hereditary Chief from the the Ahousaht First Nation. Here are the highlights of his interview:

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More on Shawn and his complete interview:

Shawn Atleo was previously AFN’s regional chief for British Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in Education. Participated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). In his first term he facilitated the Crown First Nations Gathering in January 2012, worked with Mike Holmes on First Nations housing and helped push Canada to sign on to the non-binding UNDRIP.

The main points from Shawn’s interview:

He sees his role as National Chief as facilitator to bring FNs to table so they can direct the nation to nation relationship
He wants a FN presence at the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation next year
He wants to work with all political parties to advance FN’s agenda
He will stand up for the environment at the hearing’s for the Enbridge pipeline and other resource projects
He responds to criticism that he doesn’t understand importance of treaties
He is critical of Federal government’s Omnibus budget bill c-38
His campaign theme is ‘We are stronger together’

Here’s the complete interview:

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The complete interview with Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, candidate for the Assembly of First Nation’s National Chief. Part of Wabkinew.ca‘s Next National Chief series. Second camera by Leonard Sumner. Graphics by Dwayne Bird.

Earlier interviews: Joan Jack

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