Statement from Mayor Lisa Helps, on behalf of the City of Victoria, on the passing of Chief Andrew Thomas/Sinoopun of the Esquimalt Nation
April 7, 2018
"Today, we lost a great man and leader, Chief Andrew Thomas/Sinoopun of the Esquimalt Nation.
"Chief Thomas was a champion for his people. Grappling with the ongoing legacy of colonialism, he became dedicated to ensuring a prosperous future for the youth of his community.
"He was also a very personable, funny and committed man who will be greatly missed by everyone on Victoria City Council and the entire community.
"I have been honoured to know Chief Andy Thomas over the course of my time on City Council and particularly through our Witness Reconciliation Program and City Family. He was an inspiration to me and to Council, and his legacy will live on as we continue to walk together on this new path of truth and reconciliation.
“Chief Andy said to us ‘Reconciliation is your work, your responsibility. We will work with you, guide you and share the labour but it is your burden to carry, and you must do what is needed to put that burden down, piece by piece.’
“As a City and as a community we will continue to do this work in this spirit.
"On behalf of City Council and the City of Victoria, I extend sincere condolences to the entire Thomas family at this difficult time."