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May 12, 2011
Plea for Public Assistance
(Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC – May 12, 2011) Today is the fifth day for the ongoing search continues for Neskie Manuel, a 30 year old Neskonlith Indian Band Councillor who went missing May 8th, 2011 from a family camp on the shores of Neskonlith Lake by Chase BC.Neskie Manuel is the eldest grandson of Grand Chief George Manuel, who was an instrumental force of Indigenous politics and President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) from 1979-1981, and son of Arthur Manuel, who was an active member of the UBCIC Chiefs Council and is currently a coordinator of the United Nations North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus.
Understandably, the level of anxiety within the family continues to deepen with each passing hour. The family is very anxious for Neskie to return home safely and pleads for members of the general public to come forward with new information about Neskie or if they have seen a person matching his description as detailed in the attached missing persons poster.
The Union of BC Indian Chiefs continues to work with the Neskonlith Band Council and Shuswap Nation Tribal Council to support the Manuel family in their search for Neskie.
Contact any local RCMP Detachment if you have any information or sightings. And for family support, donations email the Neskonlith band at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the band office at 250-679-3295. The main communications centre/community gathering is at the Neskonlith band Hall.
FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES OR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Beverly Manuel, Mother: (250) 679-2823
Arthur Manuel, Father: (250) 319-0688
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs: (250) 490-5314
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