(Toronto, ON, April 29, 2020) – The Ontario Regional Chief, RoseAnne Archibald released the following statement on the passing of well loved and respected Oneida Elder, Lois Cornelius.
“On behalf of Chiefs of Ontario, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of beloved Elder, Lois Cornelius of the Oneida Nation.
Lois was a committed elder who shared her time, language and wisdom with Oneida and all those who would listen, constantly supporting the growth of our Peoples. A proud mother and grandmother, her dedication to the advancement of her community inspired many and showed us that leading is not always about speaking but also about listening.
Leadership in Oneida, AIAI, myself and the Chiefs in Ontario will remember her constant calm and loving presence. Her caring, wisdom and kindness will be deeply missed at our gatherings and forums.
With a gentle smile, patience and kindness, Lois had a warmth that made people feel at ease in her company. Often providing us with prayers and reflection, her words would resonate and any person could feel that connection through her language, presence and wisdom.”
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald
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