WEST VANCOUVER, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - BC Regional Chief A-in-chut (Shawn Atleo)
is adding his voice to that of First Nations Leaders around the country such
as Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec
and Labrador, in condemning the racist comments of Richard Pound, Chancellor
of McGill University. Pound, a former Vice-President of the International
Olympic Committee, referred to Canada as being a "country of savages"
400 years ago.
"I am deeply offended by comments made by Richard Pound, Chancellor of
McGill University," said Regional Chief Atleo. "Mr. Pound's comments,
regardless of context, are disturbing, void of any historic evidence or fact
and highly inappropriate for a university chancellor. His comments are purely
racist and derogatory," he added.
"While we are reaching out to Post Secondary Institutions and the
education systems to strengthen relations with aboriginal communities, it is
of great concern to me that an individual holding high office in a prestigious
institution of higher learning would make such inappropriate and racist
remarks," said the Regional Chief. Atleo commends the McGill Board of
Governors for distancing itself from Pound's comments and expresses support
for those who have called for Mr. Pound to do the honourable thing and resign.
BC Regional Chief A-in-chut is elected by and accountable to the
203 First Nations in British Columbia.
For further information:
For further information: Ryneld Starr, Communications Officer, BC
Assembly of First Nations, (604) 922-7733 or cell (604) 837-6908 or