Paull, Andrew

Andrew Paull, Squamish leader, organizer, lobbyist (b at Squamish, BC 6 Feb 1892; d at Vancouver 28 July 1959). Born into a prominent family in the Durieu system at Mission Reserve No 1, Burrard Inlet, 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 BC, 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 BC, becoming its business manager, but in 1945 he broke with it and formed the North American Indian Brotherhood. In the late 1940s he testified before parliamentary committees considering Indian Act revisions, memorizing long portions of documents.