Chief Bill Williams of Squamish Nation Comments on Jack Poole Death

VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - Jack Poole was a great leader and a great man. We will always cherish the great relationship and friendship we had with Jack. We worked together towards a common Olympic goal: unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. In fact, without his vision and support we would not likely be in the position we are today.

Jack was of Métis origin, and his commitment to Aboriginal participation won him praise from so many.

That's why, in a closed-door ceremony in February, 2008, we (the Four Host First Nations) bestowed upon Jack the name "Pool Warrior", with the Salish language name of Eskwukwela*akalh Stamsh, or "provider for the people."

Jack was a key driving force behind the success of the Vancouver 2010 bid, as he was behind the preparation of these Games. He will be greatly missed. And he will be remembered by the Aboriginal Peoples of this country. Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.


For further information: For further information: Chief Bill Williams, Squamish Nation,, (604) 980-4553

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