UFAWU-Unifor was saddened by the news of Heiltsuk Nation Hereditary Chief Edwin Newman’s recent passing at the age of 95.
Chief Newman was the President of the Native Brotherhood during many of the great battles between fish processors and harvesters.
He led the Brotherhood in many fights to protect the rights and incomes of Indigenous harvesters.
Edwin Newman was a fierce proponent for his organization and for fishermen.
He believed in owner-operators and one of his last great speeches was on fishermen’s control of their own licences and destiny.
He remained active in the NFA, making sure the interests of commercial harvesters remained paramount.
Among his many roles, Chief Newman was also a strong advocate in the fight against British Columbia’s environmental destruction.
His wisdom will be missed greatly and our thoughts are with his family and friends.