Mourning the Passing of Elder Louis Debassige, M’Chigeeng First Nation

It is with great sadness that we say baamaapii kaawaaabamin to Elder Lewis Debassige ba who began his spirit journey Monday, May 13, 2019. He has been a staunch advocate for jurisdiction over education for First Nations. He provided the FNWSC guidance in governance, political and cultural matters over the past three years.

His contributions to First Nation education nationally, regionally and locally is to be commended. He was the former Education Director for his home community of M’Chigeeng First Nation and Sagamok Anishnawbek. Elder Debassige was one of the original young activists on the forefront of self-determination activism in the late 60’s and early 70’s demanding a response to Trudeau’s White Paper in 1969. And he was our friend, colleague and wise counsel.

Miigwech for your service Elder Lewis ba your work will be carried on by the leaders you have trained so well.