I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Candy Palmater. The bright light that shone through her work as a comedienne, actress, columnist, and radio personality was extinguished far too soon. First Nations women on the East Coast were inspired by Candy’s commitment to our Mi’Kmaq people, and her deep appreciation of our culture and heritage. At the same time, she was a fearless advocate for her 2SLGBTQQIA+ community. We were touched by her warmth and her wit, and her willingness to share insight into her life in ways that made us all want to be her friend. Thank you, Candy, for all that you gave us over the years – and all that you gave to the rest of Canada. You will be deeply missed.