Minister Duguid Offers Condolences On Death Of Former Chief Cornelius
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Brad Duguid released the following statement concerning the passing of Charles Cornelius:
"I am profoundly saddened by the news of the death of former Chief Cornelius. The Oneida of the Thames First Nation has lost a great leader and dedicated member of their community. Chief Cornelius was instrumental in helping us understand and build respectful relationships between police services and Aboriginal communities across Ontario. His contributions have shown us the way forward, and he will be missed."
Former Chief Cornelius was past Chief of the Oneida and past President and Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), and the director of intergovernmental relations for AIAI and the Anishinabek Nation. A founding father of First Nations policing in Ontario, Chief Cornelius had over 25 years of experience in police negotiations and served for a number of years as Aboriginal affairs advisor to the Ontario Provincial Police Commission."We send our sincerest condolences to wife Sharon, Chief Cornelius's extended family and the Oneida of the Thames at the loss of a generous and well-loved leader and family member."