Who was Bill Reid?

Perspectives on Bill Reid

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Miles Richardson
"Bill was a human being first"

You know Bill, in terms of seeing himself, and in terms of his identity, Bill was a human being first, and he understood that, and I think, in the most profound of ways. You know that Bill was a human being amongst the rest of humanity. And you know when you look at things like race, Bill saw one race in this world -- the human race, you know as distinct from all of the other parts of creation. And Bill was very defensive of humans and our potential. He understood our foibles and our weaknesses as well as anybody, but he was very defensive of human beings. And when people would be critical or be dismissive or give up on the positive prospects of human beings, I always saw Bill defend us, just as human beings generally.

Miles Richardson, Past Chief of the Council of the Haida Nation, past BC Chief Treaty Commissioner, President and Chair of Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, interviewed at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 2008.