Chris Shade was elected as Chief of the Blood Tribe, which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, in November 1996, and was successfully re-elected in 2000. He was elected to the Office of Grand Chief of Treaty 7 in 2000 and continues to be a representative of Treaty 7 on the Indigenous Peoples Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada. He also sits on numerous Boards and Chiefs Committees.
Chris attended Lethbridge Community College and studied business and finance. He continued these studies at the University of Alberta. As part of his personal development, he also studied scripture.
He has retained his cultural values and speaks Blackfoot fluently. His volunteer activities include involvement in the church and youth organizations, and he is a philanthropist, raising of funds for First Nations communities.
Prior to his election as Chief, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Blood Tribe Department of Health Inc., where he was instrumental in advancing the health care services of the Blood Tribe. Chris was also the Financial Comptroller for the Blood Tribe and was employed with Edmonton Power as an accountant.
Over the past few years, Chris has worked with the federal Liberal party and the current government to advance and lobby for the constituents of Medicine Hat, Cardston, and Warner. This includes bringing the country’s top leaders to the region to discuss issues of local and national importance.