Respected Sask. Indigenous elder Noel Starblanket passes away at age 72
|globalnews.ca 15 Apr 2019 at 17:27|
Noel Starblanket was an advocate for Orange Shirt Day after spending 11 years at Lebret (Qu Appelle) Indian Residential School as a child.
Saskatchewan’s Indigenous community has lost a respected elder.
We join our community in mourning the passing of Elder Noel Starblanket. He was a passionate advocate and wise leader, always generous with his time and his teachings. Our condolences to the family of Elder Starblanket; our prayers for his safe journey to the Spirit World. pic.twitter.com/lpkZkfD3VZ
According to multiple reports, Noel Starblanket , 72, of Star Blanket Cree Nation passed away at the Regina General Hospital Monday morning after his battle with diabetes.
At age 24, he became Chief of Star Blanket Cree Nation in 1971, making him one of Canada’s youngest reserve chiefs.
Starblanket also served as a chairman for Treaty Four Chiefs, Vice Chief for Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.
In 2018, Starblanket was named as the University of Regina’s Elder-in-Residence where he became a familiar face around campus.
Today, the University mourns the passing of our Elder-in-Residence, Noel Starblanket. A passionate politician and respected elder, Starblanket dedicated his life to bettering other people s. His memory and his legacy will live on.
He worked out of the university’s Office of Indigenization until the end of January, when he stepped down.