Chief Shawn A‑in-chut Atleo has been named the first William A. Macdonald, Q.C Distinguished Fellow in Indigenous Education at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).
As a Distinguished Fellow, Chief Atleo will support OISE’s new Indigenous Education Initiative, a comprehensive five-year program to explore the educational needs and aspirations of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world. Chief Atleo will play a lead role in forging new partnerships among Indigenous peoples in Canada, government agencies, non-government organizations and the private sector. Chief Atleo’s appointment is supported by a $5‑million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift is the largest donation ever made to a Canadian faculty of education for Indigenous education research. Chief Atleo will also join the Department of Social Justice Education and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education as an Adjunct Professor.
Chief Shawn Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. In July 2009, he was elected as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and was re-elected in 2012. Previously, he served two terms as Regional Chief of the BC AFN. Chief Atleo graduated in 2003 with a Master’s of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. Chief Atleo’s accolades include 12 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations. Chief Atleo also serves as the Chancellor of Vancouver Island University.
“I am delighted to have Shawn Atleo joining OISE as a Distinguished Fellow and Adjunct Professor,” said OISE Dean Julia O’Sullivan. “An inspirational leader, Chief Atleo will be an invaluable support to OISE students and faculty and to our Indigenous Education Initiative, which will position OISE as the global leader in indigenous education research.”
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