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