AFN and Cowichan Tribes Call for Public Assistance in Disappearance of Young Cowichan Woman Near Duncan, British Columbia

OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and Cowichan Tribes Chief Lydia Hwitsum are appealing to the public for assistance in the search for Tyeshia Jones, an 18 year old citizen of Cowichan Tribes who was last heard from at 3 a.m. on Saturday, January 22.

It is believed Tyeshia was walking on August Road towards the Superstore in Duncan, British Columbia. Her cellphone was discovered on Sunday outside the Yuthuythut Adult Learning Centre on River Road.  Tyeshia is described as a First Nations woman of 18 years of age, 5 foot 4 inches tall, 120 pounds with long black hair and braces on her teeth. She was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and black boots.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

"We appeal to all Canadians who may be able to help in this matter to please come forward," stated AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "Everyone understands how precious our children are. The AFN is always concerned when we hear reports of missing First Nation women and girls because this happens far too often.  The citizens and leadership of Cowichan Tribes are doing all they can to ensure Tyeshia returns home safely. We call on everyone to join us in this effort."

Chief Hwitsum noted that the community held a prayer circle at noon today.

"We need prayers and good thoughts for the family and community for a positive outcome," said Chief Hwitsum. "Our community is devastated and we need to draw back on our roots of support as a community and pull together in both good and bad times. We call on the public to assist in any way possible, by coming forward with information or offering to assist in the search efforts or just keeping their eyes and ears open for any signs of Tyeshia. We want her back in the circle of our community as soon as possible"

Anyone with any information on this matter is urged to call the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.  A RCMP news release with photos of Tyeshia can be found at:

http://bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&languageId=1&contentId=18382

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

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For further information:

Don Kelly, Assembly of First Nations A/Communications Director
613-241-6789 ext. 334 or cell: 613-292-2787 or e-mail dkelly@afn.ca

Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or e-mail jyoung@afn.ca

Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613 292-0857 or agaron@afn.ca

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