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MAZINAIGANPAGE18SPRINGSUMMER2013WALKINGONTobasonakwutKinewspiritualleaderandguidewalksonChimiigwechforhismanycontributionstoGLIFWCsgrowthWinnipegOnt.SpiritualleaderandelderTobason-akwutKinewLynxclanOjibwaysofOnigamingwalkedonDecember23attheageof76.AnenduringfriendandguidetoGLIFWCovermanyyearsheencouragedtheincorporationofOjibwetraditionslanguageandspiritualityintotheheartofGLIFWCsdecision-makingandactivities.HispresentationofaPipetoGLIFWCsparkedtheceremoniesthatopenGLIFWCsmeetingstoday.ItwashissuggestionthatledthewaytoGLIFWCsDrum.UnderTobasonakwutsguidanceGLIFWCaddressedtheSandyLaketragedyrecognizingthespiritsofthosewhoperishedtherewithtraditionalceremoniesandprayers.TobasonakwutandhisbrotherFredKellyprovidedspiritualguidancethroughoutthe1998TreatyConferenceonMadelineIslandandhelpedfindthepaththatledtotheWaabanongRuntoWashingtonD.C.therunitselfaprayerfortheprotectionoftreatyrightsastheMilleLacscasewasheardintheUSSupremeCourtofAppeals.ItwasTobasonakwutwhohelpedpreparetherunnersforthelongjourneyfromLacduFlambeautoD.C.throughasweatandceremoniesandalsoTobasonakwutwhoprovidedGLIFWCwiththeRunnerspipe.ItwasTobasonakwutandFredKellywhoconceivedofandwrotetheAnishinaabeAkiiProtocolsignedonMadelineIslandbyrepresentativesofCanadianandU.S.Ojibwetribesthatrecognizedacommonbrotherhoodnottobeseparatedbynationalboundaries.TheProtocolagreestoworktogethertoprotectthelandtheresourcestreatiesandsharecul-turalknowledge.ItiswithhumblegratitudethatGLIFWCrecognizesTobasonakwutsmanygiftsthathavebeenasourceofstrength.HislegacywithGLIFWCispositiveandindelible.FollowingisthefullobituaryrunintheWinnipegFreePressonDecember272012TobasonakwutKinewTOBASONAKWUTKAAGAGEWANAKWEBPETERKELLYKINEW19362012Ahowndinawemaa-ganiidogTobasonakwutKaagagewanakwebPeterKinewKellyPizhiwOdotemLynxclanmadehisjourneytothespiritworldonthemorningofDecember232012.Hewas76.Tobasonakwutibanwasawell-respectedmemberoftheAnishinaabecommunitywhoselifeandworkwasknownthroughoutCanadaandtheUnitedStates.Hewasatirelessadvocateandteacherofcivillibertiesandtreatyrightsindigenouslanguagecultureandphilosophy.HewasapipecarrierSundancechiefandhigh-degreememberoftheMiteiwin.TobasonakwutibanwasbornonhisfatherstraplineonLakeoftheWoodsin1936andchosenbyeldersasachildtobeinstructedandmentoredintheknowledgeandtradi-tionsoftheAnishinaabeg.Hisknowledgewasunparalleled.Throughouthislifehelovedtospendtimeonthelakesharingitsbeautywithhisfamilyandfriendsfromallovertheworld.AtayoungagehewastakenawaytoSt.MarysResi-dentialSchoolwhichhewasonlyallowedtoattenduntilgradeeight.DespitethishepursuedhiseducationattheCoadyInternationalInstituteatSt.FrancisXavierUniversityUniversityofManitobaBAculminatinginanHonouraryDoctorateinLawsfromTheUniversityofWinnipegin2011.Heencouragedmanytopursuetheireducationsinspiringcountlesspeopletobecomelawyersanddoctors.Healsoinspiredmanytolivealifefreeofdrugsandalcohol.InhispoliticalcareerTobasonakwutibanservedasGrandChiefofGrandCouncilTreaty31972to19751991to1995andasthefirstOntarioregionalchiefforAFNaswellasseveraltermsasChiefoftheOjibwaysofOnigaming.HewasinstrumentalintheestablishmentandguidanceofmanyorganizationsthatadvocatedforlanguagerevitalizationtreatyandFirstNationsrights.LacduFlambeauWis.ErnestD.NickHockingsLacduFlambeauLdFenteredtheSpiritWorldonNo-vember302012.Hewasanogichidaawarriorwholitmanyfires.AcalmvoiceamidsttheraucousshoutsatspearfishinglandingswhentribesbegantoexercisetheiraffirmedtreatyrightsinnorthernWisconsinwasthatofNickHockingsLdFspearfisher-man.Nicktookquietlytothewatersdespitejeersandthreatsatboatlandingsdeterminedtoexercisehisrightsbutalsodeterminedtodosopeacefully.Thepeacefulwarriorbecameanappropriatedubforthismanwhoselifebecamedevotedtoeducationcombat-tingracismsocialjusticeandculturalrestoration.Assuchhewasalsoen-trustedasthekeeperoftheTreatyStaffwhichwascarriedfromPipestonetoLacduFlambeauinsupportofOjibwetreatyrightsduringtheprotestera.AsatravelingspeakerandalongwithwifeCharlottetheco-owneroftheWaswagoningVillagewhichrecreatedthehistoricallifeofregionalOjibweNickwasaneducatorwithatremendousoutreachespeciallyinthefour-stateregion.HetouchedthelivesofhundredsofschoolchildrenthroughWaswagon-ingVillageasatravelingspeakerandthroughtheWoodlandVillagehecon-structedattheannualIndianSummerFestivalinMilwaukeeWisconsineachyear.Nickalsohadtheopportunitytotravelandtalkabroad.Nickmusthaveexhibitedfire-startingtothousandsoffolksovertheyearsmagicallyproducingflamefromflintandjute.Sometimeshewoulddemonstratethisoverandoverthroughaday.HemadeitlooksoeasyTosomeextenthisknackoffire-startingwassymbolicofhislife.Heignitedmanysparksofunderstandingthroughhistravelsnumerouspresentationsatschoolsandchurchesandtourgroupsthroughthevillage.Nickwasamanwithmanygiftsallofwhichheshared.OvertheyearsGLIFWChasbeengratefulforhistalentsasaspeakerpresenterandasanartistwhoseartworkgracedseveralpopularannualpostersovertheyears.HereceivedtwoEmmyAwardsasartisticdirectorforthePBSseriesWasaaInaabidaaWeLookinAllDirectionswhichwasfilmedattheWaswagoningVillage.Nickwasafatherandagrandfather.HisoldestdaughterJeannieHockingspassedseveralyearsagoleavingthreegrandchildrenCelesteErnestandGageHockingsinthecareofNickandCharlotte.HisyoungestdaughterNicoleLarsonbecameaculturaleducatorlikeNickandmaintainedafamilydancetheatergroupknownasBlueWindsDancingtoday.NicolestwosonsJulianandNakaialongwithCeleteErnestandGagehavebeenasourceofprideforNick.OvertheyearsNickcarriedthePipefromtheBigDrumSocietyandlivedhislifebasedonOjibwetraditionsandceremoniesbutalsoadheredtotheBahaiFaith.Chimiigwechtothepeacefulwar-riorWegimaawaadizidrolemodelminewaagayeGekinooamaagedteacherNickHockingsthepeacefulwarriorteacherwillbemissedWithusthroughhardtimesTobasonakwutispicturedwithhisPipeinfrontoftheU.S.SupremeCourtofAppealsjustpriortothe1998hearingoftheMilleLacsCasewhichresultedinafavorabledecisionforthetribes.PhotobySueEricksonBySueEricksonStaffWriterBySueEricksonStaffWriterSeeTobasonakwutKinewpage23AneducatorandartistNickHockingsdemonstratedre-startingtomanyvisitorswhoenjoyedatourthroughWaswagoningVillageanhistoricalre-creationofanOjibwevillagebuiltbyNickandhiswifeChar.SE