(Secwepemc Territory/Kamloops, BC) – October 20th, 2017 Regional Chief Terry Teegee and the BC Assembly of First Nations are saddened to hear about the passing of Yukon Regional Chief Mike Smith, Shakuni. During this time of mourning, BCAFN extends thoughts and prayers to the Smith family, and to extended family and communities. Regional Chief Smith’s exceptional kindness, dedication, and compassion in fighting for the issues that matter to First Nations will never be forgotten.

Regional Chief Teegee stated, “It is with profound sorrow to hear about the loss of Regional Chief Mike Smith. As Chief of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, and later Yukon Regional Chief, Smith left a profound mark on not only Yukon, but across this nation. His leadership, passion, and presence will be greatly missed. At this most difficult of time, my thoughts and prayers are with the communities, elders, and the youth Regional Chief was so dedicated to.”

Mike Smith earned his law degree in 1984, becoming one of the first two Indigenous lawyers in Yukon. He was a Chair of the Council of Yukon Indians, now the Council of Yukon First Nations, serving two terms as AFN Yukon Regional Chief, where he was a strong advocate for modern Treaties and self-determination, northern strategies and issues, and First Nations citizenship. Smith was a father of three and grandfather to four.

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BC Regional Chief Terry Teegee