For Immediate Release
January 21, 2009
Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC) – The BC First Nations Leadership Council is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Stan Hagen.
“As we all know and greatly appreciate, Stan worked tirelessly to assist many First Nation communities in their social and economic initiatives,” said BC Regional Chief Shawn Atleo. “He will be remembered for his deep and sincere commitment to improving the lives of all in British Columbia.”
Grand Chief Ed John, member of the First Nations Summit Political Executive, recalled “Stan was a strong and respected leader in whatever ministerial capacity he served within successive governments. Though we did not necessarily agree in all respects, he did listen and was always quite clear and concise on conveying the position of government.”
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs expressed “To his wife Judy, his children and his family, we would like to thank you for sharing Stan’s many gifts and talents with all of us. May the love of your many friends support you and your family through this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.”
The First Nations Leadership Council is comprised of the political executives of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
The Council works together to politically represent the interests of First Nations in British Columbia and develop strategies and actions to bring about significant and substantive changes to government policy that will benefit all First Nations in British Columbia.
For more information please contact:
Grand Chief Edward John 778-772-8218
First Nations Summit Political Executive
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip
President, UBCIC: 250-490-5314
BC Assembly of First Nations: 604-922-7733
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.