Premier Bob McLeod on the passing of Bern Will Brown
I was saddened to hear of Bern Will Brown’s passing this past Friday, July 4th. Bern Will Brown is known throughout the north as an artist, author, builder, ethnologist, journalist, photographer, pilot, and priest. A true Renaissance man, Bern Will Brown documented the lives of the people in the Delta in his Aklavik Journals, built Our Lady of the Snows log Catholic church in Colville Lake, opened a museum where he displayed his paintings of the northern people and artefacts he found in his many trips across the north, learned and spoke fluently, the Hareskin dialect of the Colville Lake Dene. Most recently, he had published End-of-Earth People, a portrait of the Hareskin Dene.
A true loss for the north, I wish to extend my sincerest condolences the people of Colville Lake, particularly to his wife Margaret, during this difficult time.