Mi’kmaq leader Keptin John Joe Sark dies
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Keptin John Joe Sark, a larger-than-life advocate for Mi’kmaq historical past and tradition in P.E.I. and a religious chief, handed away over the weekend. He was 77.
All through a lot of his grownup life, Sark fought for recognition of Mi’kmaq rights. He additionally spoke earlier than Canadian and worldwide leaders concerning the legacy of residential colleges in Canada.
His advocacy included a 1994 go to to the Vatican, by which he offered earlier than Pope John Paul II the legacy of Canadian residential colleges.
Extra not too long ago, he printed a guide, Epekwitk: Tales and Histories of the Mi’kmaq Nation, within the fall of 2022.
In an announcement on Jan. 10, P.E.I. Premier Dennis King referred to as Sark a “passionate defender of indigenous tradition.”
“I used to be honoured and proud to name John Joe a good friend for a few years. By means of his friendship, he helped to form my understanding of our shared historical past and to see our world by way of wider eyes. I’ll miss our time collectively,” King’s assertion stated.
“On behalf of the Province of Prince Edward Island, I want to lengthen condolences and sympathies to the household and lots of buddies of Keptin John Joe Sark who’re mourning his passing.”
Inexperienced Opposition Chief Peter Bevan-Baker additionally expressed condolences for Sark’s passing.
“P.E.I. has misplaced an excellent individual. I shall miss Keptin John Joe’s unwavering principled beliefs, his broad smile and deep chuckle, and his friendship. Relaxation simple John Joe,” Bevan-Baker stated.