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Community says goodbye to Elder and environmentalist.

Mary Thomas, a Neskonlith Elder from the Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nation in British Columbia, passed away on July 30 at the age of 90.

Thomas was an educator and environmentalist who helped found the Salmon River Watershed Restoration Project, the Ecocultural Centre in Salmon Arm and the Central Okanagan Interior Friendship Centre. Over the years, Thomas received a number of honours in recognition of her dedication to preserving and promoting traditional ways and working to protect the environment. In 1997, she received the Indigenous Conservationalist of the Year Award from the Seacology Foundation, which works to preserve the environments and cultures of islands the world over. In 2001, she was presented with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the environment category.

Editor's note: A more in-depth look at the life and legacy of Mary Thomas will be featured in Footprints in the October issue of Windspeaker.
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