Wapekeka First Nation and NAN mourns the loss of Chief Norman Brown - another leader for the people

AFN press release

Assembly of First Nations Offers Condolences to Family of Chief Norman Brown

January 14, 2014

(Ottawa, ON) - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today offered condolences to the family and friends of Chief Norman Brown and the entire community of Wapekeka First Nation and all citizens across Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory.

"On behalf of the AFN National Executive, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief Brown, the citizens of his home community of Wapekeka First Nation and all those who knew the man and his work," said AFN National Chief Atleo. "Chief Brown will be remembered as a strong leader and advocate for his people and for all First Nations. Throughout his life he achieved great success helping others, especially those affected by the tragedy of suicide. He was the originator of the highly successful Survivors of Suicide initiative which held a conference in Wapekeka for more than 20 years. He also led important initiatives in education and entrepreneurship, First Nations policing, the environment, self-government and many other areas essential to First Nations success. His strong leadership, insight, dedication and strength will never be forgotten. We offer our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones."

Chief Norman Brown passed away on January 9, 2014 in Thunder Bay. He had a long and distinguished political career, serving as Chief of Wapekeka First Nation for 21 years and, most recently, as Deputy Chief.

Memorial services for Chief Brown were held on the weekend and the funeral will be held in Wapekeka First Nation at 1 p.m., January 14.

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Contact information:

Jenna Young AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401; 613-314-8157 or jyoung@afn.ca

Alain Garon AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382; 613-292-0857 or agaron@afn.ca