First Nations Leader Elijah Harper Passes Away at 64

Mr. Elijah Harper, a renowned politicians especially recognized for raising his eagle feather to block the passage of Meech Lake accord, has passed away on Friday at the age of 64. His family confirmed the news, and explained it to be a cardiac failure due to complications from diabetes.

Mr. Harper, a former chief of the Red Sucker Lake First Nation who was the MLA for Rupertsland, was elected to Manitoba legislature in 1990 at the age of 29.  Mr. Harper did everything in his power to resent the Meech Lake accord, which was an agreement being negotiated between Ottawa and the provinces to bring Quebec into the Constitutional fold. His resentment of the accord lead to a new era of the separatist movement, which formulated into the main theme for years of confrontation between Quebec and federalist forces.

Mr. Harper’s wife, Anita Olsen Harper, and his family members released a press statement describing him as a wonderful man, father and partner. The statement mentioned that “he was a true leader and visionary in every sense of the word.” Furthermore it was added that “he will have a place in Canadian history, forever, for his devotion to public service and uniting his fellow First Nations with pride, determination and resolve. Elijah will also be remembered for bringing aboriginal and non-aboriginal people together to find a spiritual basis for healing and understanding. We will miss him terribly and love him forever.”

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