Veteran urban Indigenous rights fighter dies at 91 – the Discourse

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2019193 Views

March 20, 2019

My enduring memory of Vancouver Indigenous rights advocate Bill Lightbown comes from a constitutional forum hosted by the United Native Nations in 1991.

A former UNN president himself, Bill was invited to help plan the forum for urban Indigenous people and various social groups and unions at the Maritime Labour Centre. And he accepted — but with no strings. The day of the forum, he told the crowd he couldn’t support the exercise and walked off the stage alone. In my mind, that was Bill.

If he believed something to his bones, then as lithe and elderly as he may have been, you couldn’t budge him — and he’d speak his mind. Right up to the end.

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