TFN Director of Negotiations dies

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BEAR ISLAND – Temagami First Nation and the Teme-Augama Anishnabai have announced that TFN Director of Negotiations Harvey Filger has died.

Temagami First Nation said in a news release that Filger passed away suddenly on the morning of Saturday, October 24.

The news release stated that Chief Shelly Moore-Frappier had lowered the flag at Minowaabandan-gamiing Maawanjihidiwining, the Lakeview Gathering Place on Bear Island, to half mast in respect of Filger.

TFN says that Filger worked closely with both Temagami First Nation and Teme-Augama Anishnabai councils and he “brought an abundance of knowledge and guidance in his position as Director of Negotiations.”

Economic development officer John Shymko said in a statement that Filger was “one of the most intelligent people I have had the honour of knowing. Harvey had an extensive background in government, finance and First Nation relations. As practical and pragmatic as he was, Harvey was a champion of the underdog.”

Shymko notedthat Filger “despised systemic abuses” and “bullying by institutions with significant power bases.

“He had a keen wit and was undoubtably quirky, which added to his appeal,” Shymko recounted.

“I know I will miss having him as a resource to fire ideas off on. Brutally honest in critiquing, he offered experience and sensibility in dealing with a highly imperfect world. Harvey Filger had a tremendous amount to offer and I, for one, will miss him dearly.”

TFN added that its “deepest sympathies go out to his relations and friends.”

Jamie Mountain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Temiskaming Speaker