Eugene Richard Atleo, Hereditory Chief of Ahousaht, Research Liaison at the University of Manitoba and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia


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(Nuu-chah-nulth name :Umeek), Hereditory Chief of Ahousaht, author of Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (2004), currently a Research Liaison at the University of Manitoba and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Born into the Big House known as Klaaq-ish-piithl owned by Keesta, the last of the Ahousaht whalers. As a child he spent 12 years at Alberni Indian Residential School . As the first Aboriginal to receive a Doctorate in BC, he helped to create the First Nations Studies Department at Malaspina University College (now Vancouver Island University) where he taught from 1994 to 2004. In addition to serving on the Equity Committee of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, since its inception, he has also served on the board of Ecotrust Canada and as Co-Chair of the Scientific Panel for Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound. His book Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview is used by various universities to advance Indigenous knowledge. Tsawalk means “one” and it encapsulates an understanding of reality, in both its metaphysical and physical dimensions, as an integrated, interconnected, inter-related, and orderly whole, expressed as heshook-ish tsawalk – everything is one. His most recent manuscript, Protocols of Tsawalk is currently under review.