Chief Dan George (1899–September 23, 1981) was a chief of the Tsleil-Waututh, a Salish First Nations people located in Burrard Inlet, British Columbia. Chief George was also an Academy Award-nominated actor.
Dan George was born as Geswanouth Slahoot on a First Nations reserve in North Vancouver. His English name originally was Dan Slaholt. His last name was changed to George when he entered a residential school at the age of 5. George worked at a number of different jobs, including as a longshoreman, construction worker and school bus driver. He was chief of the Tsleil-Waututh from 1951 to 1963.
Read Chief Dan George's poem, Lament for Confederation, free from Buffalo Spirit, the website of the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society.