Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald Offers Condolences to the Passing of Former Chief, Norman Recollet

January 15, 2019 2:15 pm
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(Toronto, January 15, 2019) On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Norman Recollet of Wahnapitae First Nation. Known as a warrior for his community and a knowledge keeper, Norman will be greatly missed amongst many.

Beloved Norman Recollet was born in 1927 on the Wiikwemkoong First Nation and was a proud and respected member of Wahnapitae First Nation. After being elected in 1972, Norman served as Chief for the community of Wahnapitae First Nation for 28 years and fought for the reclamation and protection of inherent rights for First Nations people. While being a defender of the land and resources in Wahnapitae and surrounding areas, he was instrumental in the process of securing the Wahnapitae First Nation land claim and rebuilding the community to what it is today.

“He was very humble,” said Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, “and very passionate about his community. Norman’s journey through life was devoted to empowering his family and community through education of the Anishinaabe life and teaching the importance of acknowledging the relationship between the land and waters. He will be remembered for his kindness and contributions and his legacy will live on through generations.”

“On behalf of the Chiefs in Ontario, Our hearts go out to the community of Wahnapitae First Nation and the family of Norman,” said Regional Chief Archibald. “I wish him well on his sacred journey to the spirit world.”

Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald


The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and a secretariat for collective decision making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario, Canada. Follow Chiefs of Ontario on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ChiefsOfOntario.

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