Chief Leonard George
A Coast Salish Aboriginal American born in North Vancouver, Chief Leonard George is the elected leader of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and a man who has dedicated himself to helping his culture survive in modern society. In addition to being an actor with screen credits including Man of the House, White Fang, Inbreaker, Mr. Cabe and Mrs. Miller, Little Big Man, and many more, Chief George is also a dancer, a humorist, a film consultant and a prominent lecturer. But Chief George is perhaps best known as an economic development visionary and a spiritual leader. He works to preserve the Native American culture and foster it's worldview while motivating his people to adapt to the modern recourses that will enable them to navigate the future. He spent seven years providing support for urban Native Americans as the executive director for the Vancouver Aboriginal Center. He has served as the Director of the Economic Development Department for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the President of the First Nations Employment Center, as a member of the Political Advisory committee for Vice Chiefs, and also a member of The First Nations Chief's Committee on Social Development. He's an active member of the Aboriginal Health Association of British Columbia and the Chief Negotiator and CEO of Takaya Developments. Chief Leonard George remains a powerful inspiration and advocate of the Native American people in urban culture.
"In the past, all of our Nations of people, red, yellow, black and white were hunters of the land and waters. We all used the natural resources available to us, however today in our urban societies these resources are limited, and in order to survive we must maintain our cultures and become modern day hunters through education-degrees, diplomas, and technical trades are the tools that will allow us to grow into the future."