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City Mourns Loss of Elders Advisory Council Member


March 11, 2013 – It is with deep regret that we advise of the passing of Elder Agnes Hardy, a valued member of the City of Thunder Bay’s Elders Advisory Council since its inception.

Ms. Hardy worked closely with the Aboriginal Liaison Office to provide guidance on issues of protocol, and ceremony and helped develop and implement the Declaration of Commitment to Strengthening Relationships between the City of Thunder Bay and Urban Aboriginal Peoples.

“On behalf of City Council, I would like to extend my heart-felt sorrow to the family and friends of Agnes Hardy at the time of her passing,” said Mayor Keith Hobbs “She was very generous with her time and energy and she will be greatly missed.”

Ms. Hardy is a member of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, Rocky Bay First Nation, and worked as a native language instructor at Lakehead University and Confederation College. She cared deeply about family and helped to found Dilico Anishnabek Family Care. She was involved on numerous committees and working groups over the years, for a wide range of community-based organizations including Anishnawbe Mushkiki, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Lakehead Public Schools, as well as Beendigen.

“In her later years, Ms. Hardy had also begun to be called upon to train up-and-coming elders,” said Sen. Robert McKay of the Metis Nation of Ontario and fellow member of the Elders Advisory Council. “She was a very well-informed, kind and caring individual who spoke her mind, and was a great role model to others.”

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 1 pm at the Harbourview Funeral Centre on Cumberland Street.

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Contact:   Sam Achneepineskum, Acting Aboriginal Liaison, 625-2146