THUNDER BAY, ON ---- October 1, 2010 --- Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that First Nations people across Canada have lost one of their greatest leaders.
"Chief Diamond worked for all First Nations people across this country," said the Grand Council Chief. "He was the key negotiator on many major issues. He ensured that Section 35 was included in the Canadian Constitution and was an outstanding business leader."
Chief Diamond's successes as a community leader included his opposition to the damming of rivers in traditional Cree territories, which set a new standard for how governments engage with the Aboriginal community.
His achievements earned him induction into the Order of Quebec and the Canadian Council on Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.
"The Anishinabek send our heartfelt sympathies to members of Chief Diamond's family," said Grand Council Chief Madahbee.
On behalf of the Chief and Council of the Crees of the Waskaganish First Nation, it is with deep sadness and regret to inform you that Chief Dr. Billy Diamond has passed away suddenly at 11:50 a.m. this morning, on Thursday, September 30, 2010.
Chief Dr. Diamond was at his home when he was in distress and a call was placed to the local emergency team at 11:29 a.m. Shortly after being transported to the clinic in Waskaganish, Dr. Marie Carmen Berlie pronounced the death of Chief Dr. Billy Diamond at 11:50 a.m.
His wife, Elizabeth was present with him throughout the entire time. His wife and children, Lorraine, Christopher, Ian, Sandford, Phillip and Kevin Gunner are grateful for your care and concern.
Funeral arrangements and information shall be released as soon as possible.
All condolences for the family can be sent to the following:
Family of the Late Chief Dr. Billy Diamond
c/o Crees of the Waskaganish First Nation
P.O. Box 60