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Chief Robert Pasco - Finalist, 5th Annual Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership

The leadership and membership of the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council and the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs are proud to announce that the 2005 Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership honored finalist Chief Robert Pasco (Paska) of N’teqem, the Chair of the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, for his contributions to the improvement of Social, political, economic and in particular, environmental conditions for both Nlaka’pamux and non-Nlaka’pamux communities. Chief Pasco’s lifetime of dedication, his vision, his hardwork and his positive approach to finding solutions to environmental challenges were recognized and honoured by his being selected as a finalist for the Ecotrust Buffett Award.

Chief Pasco is the Chief of his Community, Chair of the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, an active advocate for sustainability, and educator, a promoter of Nlaka’pamux culture and a fierce protector of the environment.  Above all, he acts to protect the Nlaka’pamux title and rights of future generations. Chief Pasco draws upon his traditional knowledge and university training in his work. In addition to his extensive work within Indigenous communities, Chief Pasco has also contributed by being a member of numerous Boards including BC Rail, the Fraser River Management Board, Federal Environmental Review and Native Economic Development.

The Buffet Award ceremony was held on 30 November 2005 in Portland, Oregon. Chief Pasco’s award will be used to support the Nlaka’pamux Nation language program.

The Buffett Award nominees are First Nation, Alaska Native or Tribal members over the age of 35 who exhibit extraordinary community leadership with the Salmon Nation Region from Alaska to California.  The Buffett Award recognizes Indigenous leadership that improves the social, economic, political or environmental conditions.  The Award’s intent is to provide resources for the development and transfer of knowledge on Indigenous communities.

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For more information contact:

Debbie Abbott, Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council – (250) 455-2711

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