National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo and BCAFN Regional Chief Jody
Wilson-Raybould Joint Statement on the passing of Nelson Leeson, president of
the Nisga'a Nation

OTTAWA, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - "Yesterday's passing of Chief Nelson Leeson is a great tragedy for his family and friends, and also tragic in the loss of a Hereditary Chief and leader of the Nisga'a Nation, who made such a large contribution to his community and to his province," said National Chief Shawn Atleo. "As a young leader, I learned so much from watching and listening to Chief Leeson, who did so much work for his people over the decades, which was highlighted by the first modern day Treaty, the Nisga'a Treaty. Chief Leeson leaves behind a lasting legacy that will continue to influence First Nations - Crown relations for decades to come."


"British Columbia Assembly of First Nations is greatly saddened by the passing of Nelson Leeson, elected President of the Nisga'a Nation and hereditary Chief - Sim'oogit Axhlawaals," said BC Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould. "The BCAFN Board of Directors and BCAFN staff extend our heartfelt condolences to the Leeson family and to the Nisga'a Nation at the sad loss of a great leader. Nelson was a close family friend and we will miss his words of wisdom, his great friendship and his keen sense of humour.

"The legacy of Nelson's work will live on for years to come. His life's work in advancing First Nations' title and rights has helped to make a stronger future, not only for the Nisga'a people, but for all First Nations' people in BC and across Canada. Nelson will be greatly missed."

SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

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