(Algonquin Territory, Gatineau, QC – December 6, 2016) On December 3, 2016, B.C. Regional Chief, Shane Gottfriedson posted a photo on Instagram that offended many people. Regional Chief Gottfriedson made no excuse for his regrettable action and immediately apologized to the Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council. While the Women’s Council has accepted his apology, the Regional Chief acknowledges that there is more work to be done to regain the trust and respect of Indigenous women in Canada as this incident runs contrary to his commitments to Indigenous Women and Girls.
This morning, at the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Assembly, Regional Chief Shane Gottfreidson addressed the Chiefs-in-Assembly with an apology and announcement of his resignation as the executive Assembly of First Nations portfolio holder for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls. Regional Chief Gottfriedson will be addressing this matter with the BC Chiefs in Caucus on Tuesday.
“The photo was incredibly insensitive and I apologize. I am truly sorry. It is not a reflection of my view of women, nor does it reduce my commitment to Indigenous Missing and Murdered Women and Girls of this country, “says Regional Chief Gottfriedson.
The Regional Chief has taken this matter very seriously and addressed it as soon as he was made aware of how it has been interpreted. He has spoken with his Elder Dr. Gwen Point and the BCAFN Board of Directors who have conveyed their support on the condition that much greater sensitivity be applied to his public and private social media presence.
For further information, contact:
Melanie Debassige, Chief of Staff
BC Assembly of First Nations