“It is our collective responsibility to protect our heritage, honour and cherish our children
and families while remaining steadfast in our drive and determination to serve our peoples.”
He is the current National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and was recently re-elected to another term in July 2012. In 2003, Atleo graduated with a Masters of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. 2008 saw him become the first Indigenous Chancellor of Vancouver Island University. His dedication to the education of his people is evident in his daily work and confirmed as a top priority for the Assembly of First Nations. This commitment was apparent in January 2012 when the historic Crown-First Nations Gathering took place. Prior to his position as National Chief, he served two terms as Regional Chief of British Columbia. He was also at the forefront of the historic Leadership Accord among First Nation political organizations in British Columbia to commit to working together for the benefit of all First Nation people in the province. As a strong advocate of Indigenous education, Atleo has been awarded an honorary doctorate of law degree from Nipissing University in 2010, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.