Leonard George

Oil on Canvas, 24 x 36, 1984
Chief Leonard George
Actor, Filmmaker, Media Producer, Chief

Leonard George
  • Member of the Burrard Band, Burrard Reserve, North Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Chief of Burrard Band.
  • Father Dan George was an acclaimed actor.
  • Son Justin George became Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.
  • Founder of the Dan George Memorial Foundation.

Born and raised in North Vancouver, Chief Leonard George has been a strong voice for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (Burrard Band) as a leader, storyteller and economic development visionary. His son, Chief Justin George, now serves as Chief for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Following in the footsteps of his father, Chief Dan George, he has been an actor for many years, helping re-write fictional accounts of First Nations people in film and television. Chief George is intensely proud of his culture, and was the founder and CEO of the Children of Takaya (Children of the Wolf Clan) dance group, a founder of the Vancouver Aboriginal Centre, and a presenter every year at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival. He was elected Band Council Chief for Tsleil-Waututh from 1989 to 2001, and still serves on numerous community counselling, cultural and development organizations such as the First Nations Employment Centre and Vancouver Community College’s Aboriginal Gatherings Space. Chief Leonard George’s true talent shows in the building and development projects he oversaw privately and as Director of the Economic Development Department for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. The projects included eco-tours, construction projects and housing, and have earned the Tsleil-Waututh recognition for entrepreneurial achievements. The Governor General of Canada granted Chief George a Citizens Medal of Honour, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation honored him with its Platinum Eagle Feather Award for commitment and community leadership. Chief George recently served as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Four Host First Nations at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

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