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Andrew Paull

Andrew Paull, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) leader, organizer, lobbyist (born 6 February 1892 in Squamish, BC; died 28 July 1959 in Vancouver, BC). Andrew Paull was born into a prominent family in the Durieu system at Mission Reserve No 1, Burrard Inlet, British Columbia (see Reserves in British Columbia). Paull was educated at the reserve school and became a longshoreman.


Secretary of his band, he was interpreter for the royal commission of 1913 to 1916. A member of the executive of the Allied Tribes of British Columbia, he testified before a special joint committee in Ottawa in 1927. At home, he organized bands and orchestras, athletic events, beauty contests, employment services and labour groups. In 1942, he joined the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, becoming its business manager. However, in 1945 he broke with the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia and formed the North American Indian Brotherhood. In the late 1940s, he testified before parliamentary committees considering Indian Act revisions.