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May 17, 2018


THUNDER BAY, ON (May 17, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, offers heartfelt condolences to Neskantaga First Nation following the passing of Star of Courage recipient Thaddeus Moonias, who passed away over the weekend.

“We were saddened to learn of the passing of Thaddeus Moonias and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the Neskantaga community. Thaddeus was well respected for helping his community access funding for many vital programs and other economic development projects and will be sorely missed,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Thaddeus was recognized for his courage and commitment to his community by risking his life to save the life of a local police office during an armed confrontation. His unselfish actions are an inspiration for everyone who works to ensure the health, safety and growth of our Nation, and we will remember him fondly.”

Moonias was recognized by the Governor General of Canada in 1996 for defending Const. Thaddeus Atlookan. Const. Atlookan was awarded the Governor General’s Medal for Bravery for his response during the incident.

Excerpt from Citation for Thaddeus Moonias: Decorations for Bravery – Star of Courage

On June 13, 1994, at Lansdowne House, Ontario, Mr. Moonias disarmed and subdued an unstable individual who shot a police constable. After hearing the shot, Mr. Moonias rushed to the scene to find the severely wounded constable lying on the ground. As the assailant turned the shotgun on him and tried to fire, Mr. Moonias, without hesitation, leapt at the gunman, knocking the weapon aside as it discharged. He threw the attacker to the ground and subdued him, placing the constable's handcuffs on him. Mr. Moonias then tended to the wounded officer until help arrived.

For more information please contact:  Wayland Moonias, Communications Assistant – (807) 625-4952 or cell (807) 356-4301 or by email

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