UBCIC Remembers Hereditary Chief Madeek, Gidimt'en Clan Leader and Land Defender

Statement
November 9, 2022

UBCIC Remembers Hereditary Chief Madeek, Gidimt'en Clan Leader and Land Defender

(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil Waututh)/Vancouver, B.C. – November) The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) mourns the passing of Chief Madeek (Jeff Brown), hereditary leader of the Gidimt'en clan, who will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to Wet’suwet’en Title and Rights and his ardent protection of the lands and waters for future generations to come. He stood fiercely and proudly opposed to the Coastal GasLink LNG Expansion Pipeline in order to protect the lands and waters.

UBCIC will continue to uphold the work of Chief Madeek and the hereditary chiefs in asserting their sovereignty and jurisdiction over unceded Wet’suwet’en territory and calls on Canada and B.C. to honour Wet’suwet’en Title and Rights that have never been extinguished and are confirmed by the S.C.C. in Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa. We share our heartfelt prayers and condolences with Chief Madeek’s family, clan, friends, colleagues and community. 

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Media inquiries:

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, 250-490-5314
Chief Don Tom, Vice-President, 604-290-6083
Kukpi7 Judy Wilson, Secretary-Treasurer, c/o 778-866-0548

UBCIC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

For more information please visit www.ubcic.bc.ca

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