Remembering Chief Andy Thomas

Esquimalt Lagoon


By now you may have heard of the sudden passing of Sinoopun, hereditary chief of the Esquimalt Nation, Chief Andy Thomas.

On behalf of the Royal Roads community, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the Thomas family, the entire Esquimalt Nation and all who have known Chief Andy.

I have greatly valued Chief Andy’s guidance and advice over the years. He did so much to help the Royal Roads University leadership team learn about cultural protocols and traditional practices, and he challenged us to take an approach of reconciliation not only in the operation of the university, but also in our personal lives. He challenged us to do better and he inspired us to work harder. His legacy will long be remembered here at Royal Roads.

We are grateful to have had the benefit of his leadership and insightful friendship, and we join with countless others to grieve his loss.

The flag on Hatley Castle flies at half-mast today in honour of Chief Andy, and will remain at half-mast until services to honour him have been held.

President Allan Cahoon