October 17, 2012
(Ottawa, ON) – National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today offered the following statement on the passing of Randell Morris, a member of the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan:
“On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations and our Executive, I offer our sincere condolences to the Morris family, Randell’s colleagues at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) and the community of George Gordon First Nation. Randell was a strong leader and advocate in the field of education. He dedicated much of his life to ensuring education was a vehicle to advance the aspirations of First Nations learners. He was also cherished and beloved in his community.
Randell provided more than 20 years of dedicated service to the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, one of the few accredited Indigenous post-secondary institutions in Canada. Among his many contributions is the introduction of the highly successful Construction Careers projects and the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering program.
As president and CEO of SIIT for the last five years, Randell was committed to empowering student success in post-secondary education. His contributions, conviction and compassion will be missed by all. Our prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”
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Jenna Young, Assembly of First Nations Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or e-mail [email protected]
Alain Garon, Assembly of First Nations Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-2920857 or email [email protected]