WINNIPEG, June 3, 2016 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on the death of Len Marchand:
"I learned with great sadness today that Len Marchand had passed away.
"Mr. Marchand was a distinguished parliamentarian who held several senior positions including Parliamentary Secretary, Minister of State, Minister of the Environment and Senator. He was much admired by my father.
"A member of the Okanagan Indian Band, Mr. Marchand was a tireless champion for a stronger role for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canadian political life, as well as justice for Indigenous Peoples. He received several accolades for his work, including being appointed a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia, and receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee awards.
"Mr. Marchand was a trailblazer for Indigenous involvement in Canadian politics and a champion of their rights. His legacy will live on in those he inspired and helped.
"Len will be remembered for his strong convictions, his legendary sense of humour, and his tireless work to make Canada a better place for Indigenous Peoples."
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