Who was Bill Reid?

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Miles Richardson
"Bill had a high level of integrity"

You know one thing that I think separated Bill and lent to his greatness was Bill had a high level of integrity just as a human being, as a person. You know, when he believed something, when he believed - he spent a lot of time thinking through and through his experiences and hearing from people and others that he'd respected. He'd come to a conclusion about how things ought to be, you know a principle of being or a principle of living, and he had the courage to live those. And you know life has its way of knocking off the rough edges and honing your path, but when he believed in something, he lived it, and he insisted that others respect that also, and you know at least deal with it.

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.