National Chief A-in-chut, Shawn Atleo, given support and encouragement from BC Chiefs

The BC Assembly of First Nations stood up Nancy and A-in-chut Shawn Atleo at the Musqueam Cultural Centre Jan. 24. The ceremony was held to demonstrate BC Nations' support for his leadership as he heads back to Ottawa to press the federal government on the committments made to First Nations in a high-profile meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Jan. 11. The BC chiefs said they would walk with A-in-chut for as long as he needed them. The ceremony was to give him strength and encouragement as he moves First Nations issues forward.

Photos by Debora Steel