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Homage to Billy Diamond

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for b_diamond.gifOn September 30th, former Chief and former Grand Chief Billy Diamond passed away in his community of Waskaganish. The whole Cree nation is mourning, including our Cree leaders.



 



 

Hundreds of people gathered in Waskaganish for the funeral on October 6th. Roderick Rabbitskin spoke with some of them about their memories and thoughts for the family.

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Youth Grand Chief Stacey Bear of Waskaganish shares her thoughts and memories on the passing of a leader and role model.

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George Katapatuk of Waskaganish explains how community members are reacting to the death of Billy Diamond, on the morning of his funeral.

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Former Deputy Grand Chief Violet Pachano from Chisasibi worked alongside Billy Diamond for many years. She looks back at what it was like to share the leadership of the Cree Nation, and how Billy Diamond supported Cree women in politics.

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Simeon Trapper was chosen to speak for the Diamond family on October 1st.

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Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come shares his thoughts on the passing of Billy Diamond.

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Robert Kanatewat, one of the signatories of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, shares his memories. 

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billy-diamond-190.jpgA family service will be held on October 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Waskaganish Gathering Place. There will be a viewing on October 6th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., also at the Gathering Place.

The funeral will be on October 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Waskaganish Gathering Place, followed by the committal.

 

For coverage in French, please click here to listen to excerpts from Boréal Hebdo.
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