NEMASKA, QC, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Speaking for the Grand Council of the
Crees (Eeyou Istchee), Grand Chief Dr. Matthew Coon Come expressed his
deepest sympathies to the family of the late Elijah Harper on their
"Elijah was a true pioneer and a peaceful warrior on behalf of
aboriginal peoples throughout Canada. His courage and his commitment
to defending the rights of our peoples was an inspiration to us all.
His humility and his quiet determination to do the right thing at a
critical moment in the history of Canada, and despite all the pressures
on him to do otherwise, mark him as a genuine hero not only for
aboriginal peoples but for all Canadians who value justice and
honesty.", stated Dr. Coon Come.
Elijah Harper visited the Cree territory of Eeyou Istchee in northern
Quebec numerous times and developed many long-lasting friendships, both
personal and professional. Most recently, Elijah honoured the Cree
Nation by participating in the opening of the Aanischaaukamikw Cree
Cultural Institute, an institution devoted to the preservation and
promotion of Cree culture, an objective which Elijah wholeheartedly
supported and encouraged.
Throughout his life, Elijah's accomplishments made him a vital role
model for aboriginal youth across Canada. He demonstrated that there
is no worthy goal which cannot be reached and there is no dream which
cannot be achieved if there is determination, dedication and commitment
to the hard work of realizing them.
Elijah will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
SOURCE: Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
For further information:
Mr. Bill Namagoose, Executive Director
Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Telephone: (613) 761-1655