Category Archives: In Memoriam

When an elder dies, a library burns. It’s an honour preserve the memory of friends and colleagues who have gone ahead, and to help give life to their legacies.

In Memoriam: Darren Okemaysim – Blessings (y-dialect)

There is sad news today of the passing of Darren Okemaysim at the age of 53. miyo-pimohtêho, nitôtêm: Travel well, my friend. May the ancestors greet you with joy.  (Find the official obituary here.)  We were blessed to have Darren … Continue reading

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Tyrone Tootoosis, Sr. In Memoriam

mahti ka-wî-miyo-pimohtêhow ta-atamiskâkot kahkiyaw kâ-sawêyimikot otâniskôhâkana. May he journey well and be welcomed with love by the ancestors.* It’s hard to believe a year has now elapsed since the passing of this passionate and courageous keeper of Cree language and … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Cecilia Masuskapoe

With news yesterday of Cecilia Masuskapoe’s passing at Atahkakoop, we mourn the loss of a dear friend. We wish her good journey, happy reunions, and a well-earned rest from life of hard work that included hand-tanning buffalo hides, right into … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Stan Cuthand

Rev. Canon Stanley Cuthand passed away Monday, May 23 in Saskatoon, at the fine old age of 97. To honour his memory, we offer – along with our condolences to the Cuthand family – this 2009 profile by Clint Buehler from Stan Cuthand’s … Continue reading

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A reminder of love for our FN youth – in Attawapiskat and across Canada

Via Darren Okemaysim on Facebook.  kakwâhtakîhtâwak osk-âya misiwîtê anohc, kâkîsimostawihkok. ayamihêwistamawihkok ka-sôhkêkâpawicik kitosk-âyaminawak anohc kâ-kîkisêpâyâk. ᑲᒁᑕᑮᐦᑖᐘᐠ  ᐅᐢᐠ ᐋᔭ  ᒥᓯᐑᑌ ᐊᓄᐦᐨ, ᑳᑮᓯᒧᐢᑕᐏᐦᑯᐠ᙮ ᐊᔭᒥᐦᐁᐏsᑕᒪᐏᐦᑯᐠ  ᑲ ᓲᐦᑫᑳᐸᐘᒋᐠ  ᑭᑐᐢᐠ ᐋᔭᒥᓇᐘᐠ  ᐊᓄᐦᐨ  ᑳ ᑮᑭᓭᐹᔮᐠ᙮ Phonetically: ku.kwaa.tu.geeh.taa.wuk…os.keye.yu……u.noots,……ku-.soe.key.kaa.poe.wi.chik…ki.tos.keye.mi.noe.wuk…u.noots…] Our young adults are enduring much hardship; say a … Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Allen Sapp

I was privileged last summer to visit the Allen Sapp Gallery in North Battleford, and see some of the work in person that I previously only knew through books. I also got to meet lawyer, writer and activist Michelle Good … Continue reading

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Shannon Koostachin Monument Unveiled at New Liskeard Congratulations to Jules Koostachin who headed the memorial project on seeing this vision realized. Listen to Jules on CBC radio talking about the change that Shannen didn’t get to see, but that others continue to pursue in her memory: From … Continue reading

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In tribute: Donna Lynne Paskemin (1961-2011)

We are grateful to Donna’s long time friend and University of Alberta colleague, Heather Blair, for providing us with this tribute to our beautiful, unforgettable friend and colleague. Maya Angelou wrote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; … Continue reading

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First Nations proud of scholar’s life journey

Another beautiful tribute to Freda, from Doug Cuthand of the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. First Nations proud of scholar’s life journey.

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kahkiyaw kimawîhkâtânaw kikâwînaw.

We all grieve the loss of our mother, our colleague and friend, Freda Ahenakew. Freda Ahenakew, CM, SOM, 1932-2011 The northern lights were spectacular above Muskeg Lake Cree Nation on April 8, 2011 when Freda left us to join the … Continue reading

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