Mr. Speaker, the Abenaki nation, along with the other indigenous nations of Quebec, are mourning the passing of Luc O'Bomsawin, a prominent figure in indigenous circles.
Luc passed away on December 4 at the age of 62 from an aggressive cancer, three weeks after being diagnosed.
Luc first served with the Canadian Armed Forces as a communications specialist and crew member of the 12e Régiment Blindé du Canada. He then joined the aboriginal police, serving in several Quebec communities, then worked as a correctional officer at the Donnacona Institution, and finally was a member of the Ports Canada Police and the Sûreté du Québec. He was also the founder of the Quebec Aboriginal Veterans Association.
The Abenakis of Odanak remember Luc as a decent, dedicated man who was very involved in his community and proud to showcase it.
On behalf of the Bloc Québécois and all members of the House, I offer our condolences to his family and the entire Abenaki nation.