Dartmouth – Chiefs in the Atlantic & Gaspe region are deeply saddened by the loss of Margaret Labillois. Margaret Labillois from Eel River Bar First Nation was a kind and gentle respected elder who was involved in many different committees and activities across the region and in her community. She had regularly attended and participated in many meetings with Chiefs and leaders across the region.

Labillois was the first person to graduate from high school in her community and served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. Margaret Labillois was the first elected woman Chief in New Brunswick and member of the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick. She will be missed deeply by her family and is survived by 69 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Margaret was a shining light for all our Mi’kmaq, Maliseet and Passamaquoddy communities in her compassion and love for our people with her quiet kindness” noted Chief Dean Vicaire APC Co-Chair. “Margaret will be greatly missed by all the leaders who knew her over the many years she has been involved in so many things across the region and in her community. “Her love of our people and our traditions was inspiring to all of us” stated Chief Deborah Robinson APC Co-Chair.

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