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Thoughts on Stan

Thursday June 26, 2014
Thoughts on Stan

I used to call Stan at his office once in while, just to chat and share my thoughts with him. Sometimes, he would start off when he answered the phone “Hello Luke.....what did Chretien say?”
Well, I would repeat what (Jean) Chretien had said when he was the Minister of Indian Affairs. “My government will do everything”. Stan would always laugh at that line. Then we would settle down to real discussion.
I was talking to him one time and suggest that there should be a Health Conference. I was a NNADAP worker at that time and this conference was to bring together all NNADAP workers and other social workers and discuss the issues and problems of alcohol and drugs that affect the communities. I received a call from Stan and said that there will be a Health Conference. He said, “This is what you suggested.” Thank you Stan for making it happen.
In 1986 when Winisk was flooded. I don’t think anyone who was in Winisk during the flood can never forget if help would ever come. Nearest help was across the river.....the airport and Bell Canada communication. It was late in the afternoon, we saw helicopters flying back and forth. I had no idea who was helping. It was Stan Louttit. Thank you Stan for helping us. My dad use to talk about you Stan. My late dad would say “ I don’t think we would be alive today, Stan Louttit saved us” Thank you Stan!!
I want to thank you that 3 of my children were with my parents during the flood. Thank you for coming to the rescue.
I don’t think Peawanuck would be here today. Winisk People are happy living in this beautiful community. It was you who helped in building Peawanuck. You were a great advocate. Many times at the meetings with INAC people I thought it’s not going to happen. But you were there in speaking for us......on behalf of the Winisk Band .....Thank you Stan!!!!

Luke Gull
Weenusk First Nation

I would like to give my deepest condolences to Sharon and family. I can only imagine the depth of your sadness in losing, way too early, your partner in life, your father, grandfather, uncle, friend..He has touched many hearts and will always be remembered for his determination for the recognition of the past, ‘righting the wrongs’, and his relentless work (even while being so sick!) to sculpt a better present and future for the Omushkegowuk people.
I would like to share with you one of his many achievements, bringing midwifery and birth back in the community. As we worked to make this happen, we naturally encountered enormous road blocks. Stan held this ‘file’ very much at heart and made sure it moved forward. Oh he had to shake a few trees! And put his foot down!
He made sure the humps on the road were ironed out. He saw the return of birth on Cree territory as an essential ingredient in the healing path and taking back what was wrongly taken away. He spoke eloquently and with great emotions about life and birth on the land, and the work of the midwives in the past. His dedication to see this return, was essential. Without his active support, this would not have happened. We’re not all done, still so much to do, but Stan, we will not stop. My gratitude and utmost admiration will always be with you!

Christine Roy

He was a passionate man with his views and vision as a leader. I’ll miss him. My condolences to the family and relatives, and the Cree Nation.

Dean Cromarty

Rest in heavenly peace Grand Chief Stan Louttit.
I didn’t come in person to see you but I thought of you and your family each day since we heard you were sick.
My condolences to the whole family.
I was telling Donna this morning about the first time I met Stan...and she said to mention it: that she said he was like a hero.
When Winisk flooded back in 1986, Stan Louttit was the one that came with the chopper to pick us up...we were the last group to be located and rescued. Stan jumped out of the hovering chopper, made his way on top through the chunk of ice until he reached us where we met him half way...we were able to pass the children to him to put on into the chopper...he then stayed with us so that my aunt could go first with the children.
We invited him into our floating home and had tea as we waited.
He has always helped people and he will be remembered always.
Thank you Stan Loutitt for everything.

Alice Sutherland

To Sharon and family. Know that we here in Thailand, far away from Moose Factory, are saddened by this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Please accept our deepest condolences on your loss.

Olga and Nori Suzuki

Tanshi, I am saddened to hear the news of Grand Chief Stan Louttit. Although we bear the same last name I did not know Stan personally. I followed the Attawapiskat crisis news closely. My grandfather, James Louttit, was born in Fort Albany and lived in Moose Factory. He married Ethel Jane Linklater also of Moose Factory. I send my deepest condolences to Stan’s family and friends. After reading the newspaper article I feel that Stan will be hard to replace. The society has lost a good man.

Jim Louttit
Broadview, Sask.

Stan’s work is done here on Mother Earth. As a true warrior of his people, he has given us the tools to carry his work: vision, heart, courage, wisdom and love. Stan will be missed. Condolences to the family and community.

Garnet Angeconeb
Lac Seul First Nation

Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart I rise today to pay tribute to a personal friend and a great leader, Grand Chief Stan Louttit of the Mushkegowuk Cree.
He was tireless in his dedication to transforming the lives of the James Bay people, indeed all First Nations people across Canada. He was passionate about issues like education, health care, economic development, and above all, treaty rights.
Stan was born on his family’s hunting territory out at Lake River, north of Attawapiskat. His grandfather signed Treaty 9. He was rooted in the culture and the history of the people there, and he was a relentless advocate for holding Canada to account to live up to the commitments it made when it signed the treaty. Even as he was becoming increasingly sick, he was still active on so many files.
Stan loved music, storytelling, and yes, even the Montreal Canadiens. I even cheered for the Habs one season, just to make him happy.
I was deeply honoured to know Stan Louttit.
Go to the angels, Stan. You served your people and this country with honour and dignity and vision.

Charlie Angus
Timmins-James Bay MP

Spoken in the House of Commons on June 13

My grandfather, Grand Chief Dr. Stanley Louttit, has now left this world.
His time came quicker than expected, we were told he had weeks not to long ago and suddenly he only had hours. It is shocking really but I feel not necessarily calm; but numb or stunned. Suddenly I am the oldest male of the family having only just turned 20 years of age. Reality has kicked in though and I now know I must play a huge role as a man in this process. He will not only be missed by my family, but also by his fellow Chiefs and colleagues and friends of countless First Nations and non-indigenous peoples alike across the country. I am proud to have his blood flow through my veins and I know his legacy will live on through me and his family.
Know that he went very peacefully with his family at his side and in the loving comfort of his own home. I was there as he drew his final breath and watched him leave us. In all of the sadness and anger that came from him passing, there was still silver lining. He suffers no more from the horrible disease that took him and he is now with his mother and other family members on the other side. Rest now Grandpa, you literally worked until your body couldn’t any more. He was not only my beloved grandfather, but my Grand Chief as well.
I will continue my studies and work at Nipissing University just as you would’ve wanted grandpa. I will do my best to follow in your foot steps as a leader and professional. I know I will never be able to fill your shoes grandpa, but I will do my best to make my own and carry on your work. I still remember his and our last hunt together as grandfather and grandson two years ago. It wasn’t really hunting: he was educating me. During the course of our hunt he shared his vision and dreams that he had for our people. He shared his own personal perspectives on many topics that effect our people today and what he thought needed to be done. He spoke for hours and hours in the blind as we waiting for some geese or ducks. I sat there listening and absorbing all I could so that I may carry the same values and extraordinary work ethic my grandpa had. His lessons to me were that no matter what you were doing, make sure you saw it through to the end to the absolute best of your abilities. I still remember everything grandpa, I will do my best to see your dream and insights through: I promise.
My grandpa, my Grand Chief.

Warren Hardisty

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