Message of condolence for Bart Jack Sr.

President Todd Russell today expressed deep sadness on behalf of himself and all Inuit of NunatuKavut on the passing of Bart Jack Sr., a respected Innu leader:

“Over the years serving as President of the NunatuKavut Community Council, Bart Jack and I had occasion to meet many times. Each represented our respective peoples on many issues. We talked and shared and agreed on much. Of course, there we many times when we didn’t always agree. Yet, regardless of any differences, we had respect for one another. We were both advocating for our people and our people’s rights. He was a strong and tough advocate for the Innu and appreciated and valued education and knowledge. He faced many challenges and was proud to say he overcame so many. Bart was articulate and he spoke of his pride in being Innu. He will be missed by so many. On behalf of myself and the NunatuKavut Community Council, we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends on the passing of this beloved Innu leader. May your memories of him and the legacy he has left behind provide you comfort during this difficult time. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and the community.”