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      Eagle Eyes
      Rest in Peace & Power

      February 19, 1956 - May 31, 2018

      We all received the terrible news this week that after a long battle with several major health issues, Eagle Eyes has passed away. His family’s songs, which he sang at the front of so many social justice actions, are still playing in our heads. We only knew Eagle Eyes in the last few years of his life, but in that time he made a deep impact on our work. He was a respected shíshálh (Sechelt) elder, a survivor of the residential school system, and a leader by example.

      There were weeks when we would see him practically every day at different actions and meetings. He would be up early in the morning and never home until late at night, using a cane more frequently as his illnesses progressively attacked his body. Climate justice, self-determination for indigenous nations, Cuba and Venezuela solidarity, anti-war actions, the fight for human and democratic rights - he approached them all the same way: with determination to win, and a mission to connect the struggles and share protocol along the way.

      We also knew him for his big smile and bigger dreams. One of those dreams he spoke of often was to organize a gigantic city-wide party when we defeated the Kinder Morgan pipeline. We are more determined than ever and to make this a reality, and to fight for the better world, he dedicated his entire life to. Eagle Eyes will be with us every step of the way.

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