20 ques­tions with Ste­wart Phillip

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - BRITISH COLUMBIA - IAN BAI­LEY

For this fea­ture, Globe B.C. bor­rows from Mar­cel Proust (and me­dia that have pop­u­lar­ized the French au­thor’s ques­tion­naire) as a way to get to know no­table peo­ple around the prov­ince.

Here is Grand Chief Ste­wart Phillip, the pres­i­dent of the Union of B.C. In­dian Chiefs. 1. Do you have a non-work-related pas­sion or hobby? What is it? I sup­pose it would be fish­ing, camp­ing and hunt­ing. 2. What is your great­est fear? Be­ing sep­a­rated from fam­ily and loved ones. 3. If you have $1-mil­lion to give to a char­ity, what cause or group would you se­lect and why? I would do­nate to or­ga­ni­za­tions that mean­ing­fully ad­dress and speak out against vi­o­lence against women and girls. 4. Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire? The hon­est truth is that it’s Joan, my wife. She’s got it all. Courage, prin­ci­ples, in­tegrity, hard-work­ing and ded­i­cated. She’s ev­ery­thing and I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for her. 5. What do you most value in your

friends? Loy­alty. 6. What was your first pay­ing job? I worked at the hos­pi­tal in Ques­nel in the jan­i­to­rial depart­ment. 7. What is the best present you have ever been given? Aside from my kids and grand­kids, I re­ceived a sec­ond chance at life af­ter an or­gan trans­plant. 8. If you could change one thing about your­self, what would it be? I would live in the mo­ment. 9. What is your guilti­est plea­sure? I love to travel but it takes me away from my home and fam­ily. 10. What trait do you most de­spise? Lack of in­tegrity. 11. What do you con­sider your great­est achieve­ment? My 15 grand­chil­dren. 12. The best movie you have seen in the past year? Lion. 13. The best book you have read in the last year? Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – an all-time clas­sic that I like to reread. 14. Your favourite TV show? His­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­taries. 15. What most in­spires you? Peo­ple who stand up against ad­ver­sity and great odds and take a prin­ci­pled po­si­tion. 16. What ta­lent would you most like to have? Singing. 17. An ob­ject you still own from child­hood? A painted fig­urine of a cow­boy leaning up against a fence. 18. What is the great­est is­sue fac­ing Vancouver or B.C.? Cli­mate change. 19. What life les­son have you learned this year? The need to take care of your­self and your health. It’s a se­ri­ous com­mit­ment that you need to un­der­stand. 20. What is your life motto? One day at a time.


Grand Chief Ste­wart Phillip, pres­i­dent of the Union of BC In­dian Chiefs, speaks dur­ing a First Na­tions Child and Fam­ily Well­ness Coun­cil news con­fer­ence in Vancouver in 2014.

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