Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Viola Wyse
Passes Suddenly

Viola Wyse Snuneymuxw First Nation chief died suddenly Monday of a brain aneurysm.

It is reported that while she was getting ready for work in the morning she collapsed and was rushed to hospital. The decision to remove life support was made in the afternoon by family.

The only female chief in the band's history is credited with building strong relationships with the city and raising the profile of her community.


VANCOUVER – Premier Gordon Campbell issued the following statement today on the passing of Chief Viola Wyse of the Snuneymuxw First Nation:

“The Snuneymuxw First Nation and all of British Columbia are mourning the loss of a strong and passionate leader with the passing of Chief Viola Wyse.

“Chief Wyse worked to forge strong partnerships with the community and other levels of government. She advanced initiatives to create economic opportunity for the Snuneymuxw and to improve the health, environment and well-being of those she represented.

“As the first female chief in the history of the Snuneymuxw, Chief Wyse was a trailblazer. Through her tireless dedication to her people, she leaves a legacy of accomplishment that will echo for years to come throughout the region. Initiatives like the unprecedented collaborative management of Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park were only possible because of the commitment and vision of leaders like Chief Wyse.

“Chief Wyse will be missed by many, and I join members of the Snuneymuxw and others in honouring her memory and her accomplishments.”


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