Monday December 14, 2015

Rumbling and Reckoning

Shawn Atleo

Shawn Atleo (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

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Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo delivers the inaugural Indigenous Speakers Series lecture at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Atleo is a Hereditary Chief of the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia and a past Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The lecture series was announced in June 2015 to mark the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 


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Shawn Atleo stepped down as the AFN National Chief in May of 2014 because of controversy within the organization around the federal government's First Nations Education Act.  Since then, he's travelled extensively on his motorcycle and become more engaged with first nations business ventures.  His keynote address was called Daring Greatly Together: Re-imagining Canada. The series is a partnership between the Laurier Institution, Vancouver Island University, and IDEAS.