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Shane is the son of Violet Gottfriedson and Charlie Montgomery. He grew up on the Tk'elmlups te Secwepemc reserve where he built a log home and raised his five (5) children. He is a proud grandfather, supportive husband and an overall "good boy" according to his mom.

Shane is an iron worker by trade having worked for CN Rail for many years before being elected chief of his community in 2003. He has since served four (4) consecutive terms.  

Shane has served as the Tribal Chief for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council which concentrates on advancing Aboriginal rights and title by focussing on unity and shared territory. He also continues to advocate for the Douglas Reserve land claim and Indian Residential Day Scholars' class action suit. 

In addition, Shane has served on the Chief's Governance Council, the Aboriginal Business Investment Council, Cn'nook Sauder School of Business Advisory Board, Minister Polak's Roundtable on Environment and the First Nations Gaming Commission. 

The chief has also just returned from Halifax where he coached Team BC in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships.