Lewis Debasige

Died: Mon., May 13, 2019


1:00 PM Wed., May 15, 2019
Location: M'Chigeeng Community Complex

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Fri., May 17, 2019
Location: MChigeeng Community Complex

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In Loving Memory of

Lewis Martin Joseph Debassige

September 28, 1946 - May 13, 2019

aged 72 years.

Passed away at Health Sciences North with his family by his side.

Visitation on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 1:00pm at the M'Chigeeng Community Complex

Funeral Service on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 4:00pm at the M'Chigeeng Community Complex.

Cremation to follow.

Donations can be made to the Lewis Debassige Memorial Bursary Fund

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Angela Becks
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Remembering Lewis..a love of learning, gentle, wise, kind, quietly and skillfully supporting his community

Patrick Nadjiwon
   Posted Tue May 14, 2019
Condolences to Lewis Debassige Family and Friends.
I was saddened to hear of your passing. It was an Honour to have met you and talked to you about many issues and especially our discussions on education.
Chi miigwetch Nokii Anishnabec
Baa Maa Pii Lewis

Stephanie Pyne
   Posted Wed May 15, 2019
Deepest condolences to the family and many friends of Lewis Debassige. I am honoured and grateful that I was able to work and visit with Luigi in person and over the phone. I have many notes jotted down from all of our talks to follow up on still, and will miss talking with my friend more than I can say. I know that I am not alone in this feeling. Baamaa pii Luigi ... Advising Elder of the Open Air University ... chi miigwetch, g'za giin and travel well!

Brent Debassige
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Lewis was one of the original architects of Indian Control of Indian Education. The lasting impact of his contribution toward the goal of educational sovereignty for First Nations education will live on for generations to come.

I always enjoyed listening to him speak. The depth and breadth of his knowledge spanned many decades of work in education on behalf of First Nations peoples. His battles with INAC were epic and contained many valuable lessons about our Anishinaabe responsibilities. Paraphrasing Lewis’ words: “never forget, we Anishinaabe have inherent rights that precede all else”.

Miigwetch, miigwetch, miigwetch to my friend, mentor, and elder, Lewis (Luigi) Debassige. You will be deeply missed.

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