Shawn Atleo

Winter Challenge 2014: The Deeper Story

Larry Commodore | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Larry Commodore

Variations on an ancient indigenous practice are going viral in the social media. Called -- and you've probably heard of it already-- "Winter Challenge 2014," participants are asked to either fully immerse themselves in a body of water or, where there's snow, make snow angels while wearing swim attire or, lastly, where either of these aren't possible, getting drenched with a pail of water will do. Regardless of the method, the main idea is to get off the couch, out of the house and acquaint yourself with the winter cold.

Time to Get Our Indian Act Together for First Nations Students

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

It has become more and more urgent to -- as the proposal for a First Nations Education Act was titled -- work together for First nations students. This agreement, and the federal budget framework into which it is embedded, is an opportunity to do just that -- whatever one's skepticism and mistrust may recommend to the contrary. On the First Nation's side, the time has arrived to take both the concept and practice of self-control and self-determination to their logical conclusions. Let's call it getting our collective Indian act together.

Harper To Unveil Retooled First Nations Plan

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is poised to finally unveil its retooled plan to reform First Nations education.Prime Minister Stephen Harper wil...

Atleo To Flaherty: First Nations Need More Education Funding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, has written to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty asking for more funding for First ...

National Chief Gets Behind Protest

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

ELSIPOGTOG FIRST NATION, N.B. - The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says Aboriginal Peoples will not support resource development at a...

After 250 Years, 'It's Time For Action'

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Groups affiliated with the Idle No More movement held protests across Canada and in parts of the United States on Monday as an important docu...

Top Chief Warns Tories Of 'Collision' With First Nations

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government must choose between "collaboration or collision" with Canada's Aboriginal Peoples when it comes to proposed energy proj...

Changemaker: Chief Shawn Atleo's Lessons in Leadership

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Last year we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness a historic meeting between a Canadian Aboriginal leader and a Maasai tribal chief. A lifelong Aboriginal activist, A-in-chut Atleo is the hereditary chief of the Ahousaht First Nation in British Columbia, and is serving his second term as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

Now We're Talking..

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Forget the spotlights, the pageantry on Parliament Hill and the perpetual confrontation that confounds so many attempts to find a grand solut...

Another Hunger Strike

CP | Nelson Wyatt, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - An aboriginal leader from Manitoba says he has begun yet another hunger protest in an effort to stop changes to federal funding for First N...

Atleo Pushes Toews For This

CBC | Posted 04.25.2013 | Canada Politics

It's crucial that the new minister of aboriginal affairs and northern development hit the ground running and get to work right away to tackle the urge...

What Did Spence's Hunger Strike Accomplish?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With a final media show, Chief Spence has now ended her 44 day "reduced food" diet. The question should now turn to what did she accomplish? Are Canadians more aware today and do they have a better understanding of the abysmal living conditions in First Nations communities? Probably not, such conditions were already well known and have been for decades.

Will Chiefs Go Hard-Line?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - National Chief Shawn Atleo has staked his ground for upcoming talks with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to improve the quality of life for Fir...

Back To Work

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - Chief Shawn Atleo returned to the helm of the Assembly of First Nations on Thursday adamant that aboriginal groups across the country are ...

Rumours Swirl About Plot To Oust Top Chief

CBC | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada Politics

A rumoured movement to unseat National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo is being denied — at least for now — by a Manitoba chief...

Theresa Spence: Stop the Hunger Strike and Hold Harper to Account

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Today's "National Day of Action" gives Chief Theresa Spence another opportunity to declare a victory over holding the government to account and another opportunity to call off her "hunger" strike. By not doing so she risks further polarizing and dividing the movement and First Nations leadership. The government is left with few options. It must still negotiate with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and National Chief Shawn Atleo, as it has to be seen to be engaged and working to make change possible, sooner rather than later.

Twitter Speculates On Cause Of Atleo's Departure

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Politics

Shawn Atleo's decision to step down temporarily as national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is setting off a wave of speculation online a...

Top Chief Taking Medical Leave Amid Crisis

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A sudden medical leave announced Monday by the head of Canada's largest aboriginal organization will delay — but not derail — pivotal tal...

'Nothing Here. Idle On': Will Round 2 Yield Solutions?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Over the past few days, as National Chief Shawn Atleo has been buffeted by harsh division among chiefs, protesters in the streets and a hunge...

Checklist Of Demands

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Assembly of First Nations entered Friday's meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper with eight demands. Here is checklist on how they f...

What Did Harper's Meeting With Chiefs Accomplish?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - When the hard-won meeting between First Nations leaders and Prime Minister Stephen Harper was finally over on Friday, the exhausted and conte...

'Poverty Is Killing Our People'

CBC | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics

A meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Assembly of First Nations chiefs is in question amid demands that the Governor General be present ...

Idle No More: First Nations Governance Coded To Fail

Sandy Garossino | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

The Deloitte & Touche audit of Attawapiskat is a textbook outcome of the fatal weakness in Canada's current model of First Nations governance, which is coded to fail. There could be hundreds of Attawapiskats.
Does anyone know what the average First Nations chief's level of training and management experience is? Or the average training and experience of band councillors? How many building inspectors live within 50 miles of Attawapiskat? How about CAs, CGAs or project managers capable of supervising and maintaining records on multiple construction sites?

The Man In The Middle

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The abrupt postponement Wednesday of an Assembly of First Nations news conference spoke volumes about the turmoil and mistrust that underlies...

The Idle No More Movement Is More of a Stand-Still

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As we enter the new year, it is time for Chief Spence and Prime Minister Harper to pause and reflect about their on-going standoff. Both sides need to feel that they have won and both sides need to find a way to declare victory. Only then can the two sides proceed to the next step which should be fresh dialogue and agreed to solutions for key First Nations issues.