Former Aroland First Nation Chief William Magiskan was remembered Thursday as a “driving force” who pushed for housing, child-welfare, medical services and a unified front among fellow First Nations to ensure progress on a variety of Indigenous issues.

Magiskan died “suddenly” on Sunday, his family said. He was 68.

At Thursday’s live-streamed memorial service at Aroland’s Johnny Therriault School, Magiskan was honoured for negotiating the band’s reserve status in the early 1980s.

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