BC Assembly of First Nations

November 28, 2006 14:04 ET

BC First Nations’ Chiefs Elect BC Regional Chief

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 28, 2006) - On November 27, 2006, A-in-chut, Shawn Atleo, was re-elected as the BC Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations by the First Nations' Chiefs and leaders of British Columbia.

The BC Regional Chief is elected to provide inclusive representation to the 203 First Nations in British Columbia and to participate as an Executive Member of the Assembly of First Nations.

Chief Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation (located in Nuu-chah-nulth territory), and he will be serving his second term as the BC Regional Chief. In the last 3 years, Chief Atleo has worked towards creating a regional and national political environment in which First Nations are actively participating in re-shaping and determining policy and in establishing positive outcomes in economic, health, and social areas.

The election had 121 ballots cast, and Shawn Atleo received 96 votes (79.84%) for a first ballot win.

"I am truly honoured to receive this renewed mandate from our leaders, said Regional Chief Atleo. "The continued support from our communities provides strength and comfort as we continue our important work to ensure that recognition and reconciliation of our title and rights are demonstrated at a community level. It is our responsibility to create a new legacy, based on our ancestor's guidance, filled with optimism, opportunity and self-determination."
The BC Assembly of First Nations represents the citizens of the 203 First Nations of British Columbia on a regional and national level.

Contact Information

  • Heather Gillies, Communications Director, BC Assembly of First Nations
    Primary Phone: 604-837-6908