North Vancouver – The sudden passing of Chief Joe Mathias was mourned today by fellow members of the First Nations Summit.

“Chief Joe Mathias was a guiding light whose perseverance and dedication to the pursuit of social justice and economic well-being of First Nations people has inspired the lives of many,” said Grand Chief Edward John speaking on behalf of the First Nations Summit Task Group.

“The powerful spirit and legacy of Chief Joe Mathias will live on in the hopes and dreams of all of us,” said fellow Task Group member Robert Louie.

“His vision and eloquence on treaty and aboriginal issues will be forever in our minds and in our hearts,”Grand Chief Edward John said. “We owe it to him and future generations to help make his vision a reality.”

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