Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Island First Nations Leader Known as 'The General' Dies at 82

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Vancouver Island First Nations Leader Known as 'The General' Dies at 82

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Vancouver Island First Nations leader dies

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PORT ALBERNI, B.C. - First Nations on Vancouver Island are mourning the loss of a man who led them through treaty negotiations for more than a decade.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council said in a release that Nelson Keitlah passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday morning at the age of 82.

Keitlah was one of the original leaders of the West Coast District Council, which later became the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, representing 14 First Nations along western Vancouver Island.

"He was a strong, compassionate leader, and a loving and supportive family man," Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council president Deb Foxcroft said. "His wisdom and knowledge about Nuu-chah-nulth history and modern NTC politics will be greatly missed. …

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