As the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Shawn Atleo represents almost a million First Nations people in Canada. His task is to advocate on their behalf. Education ranks high on the list of priorities. Sixty per cent of First Nations youth do not graduate from high school. Treaty rights are also a priority, as is the development of natural resources on First Nations land.
That list is a part of ongoing negotiations between National Chief Atleo and the federal government. It's a difficult relationship at the best of times, as funding and land claims are a long standing source of tension. But amid that tension, Shawn Atleo is optimistic that he can implement positive change for First Nations. Today, he sat down for a feature interview with Carol. You can hear it by clicking on the "listen" button above.