Remembering Chief Harry St. Denis, 1957-2018

Nov 19, 2018

Remembering Chief Harry St. Denis, 1957-2018

This is a collection of statements and media assembled to honour the late Wolf Lake Algonquin Chief Harry St. Denis, who passed away suddenly this past Thursday November 15.

It was sent by email over the Algonquin Anishinaabeg Aki Media Project newsletter list: 


Remembering Chief Harry St. Denis, 1957-2018

Chief Harry St. Denis: Statement from his family on his passing
"On Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at age 61 our beloved father, grandfather, husband, brother, uncle, warrior and Chief passed away due to a heart attack. Harry was born on Jan. 15, 1957.
Harry was one of the longest serving Chiefs within the Algonquin Nation in contemporary times. He served as Chief of Wolf Lake First Nation for more than 30 years. ..."
Read the full statement at:

Condolences to the family and photos of Harry can be sent to
In lieu of contributions please make donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada

Funeral home notice (bilingue):

From the Algonquin Nation Tribal Council:
"The members of the Algonquin nation, and many other people and organizations across Canada, are marking the loss of Harry St. Denis, Chief of the Algonquins of Wolf Lake, who passed away suddenly on November 15, 2018 at the age of 61. Chief St. Denis was a long-time advocate for Aboriginal title and rights, on behalf of his community, the Algonquin nation, and at the national level. ..."
Read the full statement at:

VIDEO: Honouring Chief Harry St. Denis at AFN Special Chiefs Assembly
Toby & Philomene Decoursay, Meiyah Whiteduck, Regional Chief Ghislain Picard, Peter Di Gangi

Statements of condolence from AFN, AFNQL, and UBCIC:

Letter from Albert Dumont on the passing of Chief St. Denis

Statement in the House of Commons from MP Christine Moore

Radio-Canada: "Témoignages de sympathie après la mort subite du chef de Wolf Lake, Harry St-Denis"

VIDEO: In Memory of Chief Harry St. Denis (1957-2018)
Harry St. Denis was Chief of the Algonquins of Wolf Lake First Nation, 1987-2018

-- Other recent media --

* Ottawa Citizen op-ed by Harry St Denis, August 2016 
* CBC November 2016: "Quebec Algonquins meet with NCC in fight against Zibi"

* "First Nations Forests and Ecosystem Services" NAFA 2018

*  3min segment from CBC The Current, November 2018 episode about Zibi development 
* INAN committee October 2017 (30min) part of larger post:
* Interview on CKCU (CarletonU) radio, February 2015 (17min) 

* Short video from INAN Committee audio (2min):
* Speech at AFN, summer 2016 (9min): 
* Short video with a younger Harry talking about the Algonquin people:

PHOTOS from 1997, April 17 National Day of Action:
* Marching - with Art Manuel
* Speaking on Parliament Hill
* On Parliament Hill with other Algonquin chiefs L-R: Harry Wawatie (Barriere Lake), Carol McBride (Timiskaming), Robert Whiteduck (Pikwakanagan)

** ALSO: Meeting with Prince Charles and Princess Diana

** AND: With Russ Diabo and Art Manuel 

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