RESPONSE TO MEDIA REGARDING my HERITAGE
RESPONSE to MEDIA REGARDING my HERITAGE
Thank You to Frances Bula of the Sun for raising the issue of my heritage at my press announcement the other day. It provides me an opportunity to provide details of my heritage.
Just so everyone knows, I am a First Nations Citizen. My grandmother Mary Agnes St Mark's was born on the Flathead reserve in Montana although her siblings are members of the Rocky Boy reservation in Montana.
My late mother Alice is the child of Frank Bastien who is a member of the Blood Reserve in Alberta. My mother was raised by her step-father Kenneth George McMillan who is of Scottish ancestry and he rests in the Field of Honour Plot in Burnaby.
My sister Gail is married to a member of the Squamish Nation.
As a two-spirited individual with an Irish english father, I have chosen not to seek band rights. However I am a Citizen of a Sovereign Nation which is of course the First Nation which of course is part of Canada.
Jamie Lee Hamilton