For Immediate Release
October 15th, 2017
The Indigenous Peoples’ Commission (IPC) of the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Jeddore to the position of Chair for IPC-Newfoundland and Labrador (IPC-NL).
“We are excited to welcome John to the team and are eager to learn from him and the perspectives he will bring to the table not only because of his education but also because of his strong connection to his roots,” IPC Co-Chairs Chad Cowie and Suzy Kies stated. “We know John and the team he will be working with through IPCNL will not only do amazing work but will also work as a bridge between the Indigenous nations that share territory with Newfoundland and Labrador and the LPC.”
John (Sa’n We’jitu) is a L’nu (Mi’kmaq) from Samiajij Miawpukek (Conne River First Nation) – located on the island of Newfoundland. John has long been connected to his Mi’kmaq roots, with strong knowledge of his peoples’ traditional language and culture. Additionally, John is in his first year of a Neurology residency in St. John’s, completing his MD at Memorial University in June of 2017 – highlighting the unique perspectives and knowledge that he will bring to the IPC and LPC.
“I am humbled and honoured to work with other like-minded people who are focused on issues that impact Indigenous nations and peoples,” John Jeddore stated. “Although my background is in health care and I have a passion for improving Indigenous health outcomes, I look forward to actively participating in conversations and actions that have a more global and cross-continental impact – we have made significant strides in many facets but there is much work left to do.”
Alongside working with the IPC, John will also be the Indigenous representative to the LPC Provincial/Territorial Board of Newfoundland and Labrador (PTB-NL).
Jim Burton, Chair of the PTB-NL said, “The LPC, PTB of Newfoundland and Labrador welcomes the appointment of Mr. John Jeddore as Chair of IPC-NL. The entire PTB looks forward to working with Mr. Jeddore on any and all policy issues that may benefit Indigenous peoples and nations who share territory with Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Canada.”
The IPC represents and promotes the interests of Indigenous members of the Liberal Party and encourages the active and equitable participation of Indigenous people at all levels of the party structure.
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