Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo commented today on the passing of Inuit leader Jose Kusugak, President of the regional Inuit organization Kivalliq Inuit Association and former President of the national Inuit organization the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
“Today, Indigenous peoples mourn the loss of respected Inuit leader Jose Kusugak. The Indigenous peoples of Canada – the First Nations, the Inuit and the Métis – are each distinct and unique, but we share many common values, such as a deep respect for the land and environment and a drive to maintain and strengthen our languages, cultures and ways of life. In all these areas, Jose Kusugak was dedicated to advancing the cause of his people.
Many in the First Nations community will remember Jose Kusugak for his strong work and advocacy during the meetings and negotiations with the federal, provincial and Indigenous governments throughout the last decade. He impressed and inspired everyone with his commitment to Indigenous rights and Indigenous peoples, a commitment he demonstrated throughout his life.
We often say that a victory for Indigenous rights is a victory for all of us. In that way, and in many others, Jose Kusugak helped move us all forward. On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, I offer our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Jose Kusugak.”
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.
Don Kelly, Assembly of First Nations A/Communications Director
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