Manitoba elder and founder of Turtle Lodge centre Dave Courchene Jr. dies at 71

Dave Courchene Jr. Death – Cause Of Death: Manitoba elder and founder of Turtle Lodge centre Dave Courchene Jr. has passed away peacefully at his home at Sagkeeng First Nation on Wednesday 8th December 2021 at the age of 71, leaving behind his beautiful family. The circumstance surrounding Dave Courchene’s cause of death has not been released at the time of this publication.

Dave was lived in Sagkeeng First Nation,  a Treaty-1 First Nation in the Eastman Region of Manitoba, Canada, that is composed of the Anishinaabe people indigenous to the area at or near the Fort Alexander Indian Reserve #3 located along the Winnipeg River and Traverse Bay. Courchene established the building at the First Nation in the year 2002 in southern Manitoba as a place people assemble to promote cross-generational understanding, language rejuvenation, leadership training for the youth, and climate change solutions.

He was a co-founder of the Reconciling Ways of Knowing, the Treaty Relations MB described him as a “Knowledge Keeper of the people. He created an impact in the lives of people that will Iive on from generation to generation. Dave Courchene’s funeral plans and obituary will be released by his family in due time.

Four Arrows Regional Health Authority said on their social media that ” On behalf of the staff and Board of Four Arrows Regional Health Authority we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to family, friends, and community of Sagkeeng on the passing this morning of Dave Courchene Jr. The following is a quote from a closing address he did at our Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit where he sat as an elder advisor representing the Ojibway Nation for the IFSS. “I see a day in the future when we put the children back into the center, giving them the greatest protection that a child deserves and that protection is Love. I see a day in the future that we will be living … Mino-pimatisowin” Nitamabit (One who sits in front), Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man) Dave Courchene Jr. Journey well Elder”

Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre – Mfnerc said ” It is with great sadness that the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) learns that Nitamabit/Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Elder Dave Courchene) has begun his final journey. A spiritual and community leader, his loss will be felt throughout the country, if not the world, and the staff and management at MFNERC send their deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the community he loved, Sagkeeng. “Over many, many years, Elder Dave touched a lot of lives and there are people mourning his loss throughout Manitoba and beyond. He was a library of teachings on First Nation beliefs, ceremonies, and worldviews. I am sure, he will be joining his proud ancestors, and exceptional father, on the other side. We all wish him well on his journey to the land of Spirit,” MFNERC’s Executive Director, Charles Cochrane says.”

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