NAN Mourns Passing of North Spirit Lake First Nation Chief Caroline Keesic
August 22, 2022
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Derek Fox, on behalf of the Executive Council, expresses heartfelt condolences following the passing of North Spirit Lake First Nation Chief Caroline Keesic:
“We are very saddened to learn that our friend began her journey to the Spirit World this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, Council, and the entire community of North Spirit Lake at this difficult time.
Chief Keesic was a tremendous leader who put the needs of her community before her own. She worked tirelessly when the community declared a State of Emergency in 2019 after an escalation of the addiction epidemic and a breakdown of the community’s water system spread widespread crisis. She personally led efforts to address long-standing community issues stemming from addictions and mental health issues to bring stability and healing to her community.
There was an outpouring of emotion and support for her during her lengthy illness, which she fought with courage and determination. We join her family in thanking the people and organizations who provided so much loving support until her final days.
Caroline’s dedication to her community was matched by her compassion for her people, and we will cherish her life of leadership and friendship. We will do everything we can to support her family and the community as this beloved leader is returned to North Spirit Lake.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. We ask everyone to send prayers and respects to the Keesic family and the North Spirit Lake community in the days ahead.
North Spirit Lake is located approximately 170 kilometres northeast Red Lake, Ontario on the southwest shore of North Spirit Lake. It is accessible only by air and seasonal winter roads.