Educators from around the world are paying their respects to the late Delbert Horton. The traditional elder was also known by his traditional name, Big Cloud, of the Caribou Clan.
Originally from Manitou Rapids, he helped give shape to Indigenous education through Seven Generations Education Institute, including the classrooms in Kenora.
After hearing of his passing, the leadership at Grand Council Treaty 3 also offered their sympathies.
“On behalf of the Grand Council, we extend our deepest condolences to Laura Horton, family and the citizens of Rainy River First Nations, as they get through this difficult time. When our knowledge keepers are called home, we must continue to honour and share the vision and teachings they left with us,” stated Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. "It is important to acknowledge the sacred legacy that Delbert leaves with our Nation, his vision and influence in education for the betterment of our communities throughout Treaty #3 will continue to flourish."
A survivor of the St. Margarite and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools, Horton also served as chief and councillor in his community of Rainy River First Nation for 25 years.
The Medewiwin member passed away during the holidays at the age of 71. Traditional wake and funeral services have already been held.
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