University offers support to friends, family of Chris Metallic
Mount Allison University chaplain Rev. John Perkin, right, is joined by members of missing student Chris Metallic’s family, members of the Listuguj First Nation, friends and members of the Mount Allison community during a recent informal ceremony. PHOTO SUBMITTED
SACKVILLE, N.B. — The Grand Council flag of the Mi’kmaq Nation was raised at Mount Allison University last Wednesday, Dec. 12 to show the university’s solidarity with the family and friends of Chris Metallic. The 20-year-old student has been missing since Nov. 25.
“This is a sign of our common concern for Chris,” says university chaplain Rev. John Perkin, who spoke during an informal ceremony attended by members of Chris’s family, members of the Listuguj First Nation, friends, and members of the Mount Allison community.
The flag will be flown at Mount Allison until the university closes for the holiday break.
Members of the Listuguj First Nation conducted a smudging and sang the Mi’kmaq Honour Song. Chief Dean Vicaire spoke about the impact Chris’ disappearance has had on his community, thanking the Mount Allison and Sackville communities for the support they are providing.
“Thank you to the president and vice-president and pastor for allowing us to be here and showing that support,” Vicaire says.
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Derek Barnaby, one of the singers and a member of the Listuguj council, explains that difficult times such as this serve to bring people from all communities together.
“Our circle will be stronger,” he says.
A candle lit during a vigil at the university chapel Nov. 27 continues to burn, a symbol of the community’s collective hope for Chris and his family and friends.
Chris was last seen wearing a bright blue, zip-up hoodie, jeans, and flip flops. He is 6’1” tall, 180 pounds, and has dark brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-888-506-RCMP (7267) or to offer information anonymously, contact New Brunswick Crime Stoppers online at crimenb.ca or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).