Born: August 15, 1951
Date of Passing: November 1, 2010
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CHARLES MONKMAN

CHARLES HENRY MONKMAN August 15, 1951 - November 1, 2010 With heavy hearts and strong spirits we announce the passing of Charles Henry Monkman. Charlie leaves to mourn his passing his life partner and wife Connie; his children Lee, Kyle and Deanna; grandchildren Zach, Rayne, Charly, Kaylie, and Ethan; his step-children Darren, Jeanette, Jody and Gaille; step-grandchildren Jessica, Ross, Gage, Keith, Connie, Shae, and Genna; foster children Andre, Colby and Brieanna; sisters Bernice and Marlene; brother Larry; mother-in-law Margaret; many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He also leaves to mourn numerous kids and their families across Canada and the United States who were greatly impacted by their experience and time spent with Charlie. He was predeceased by his parents, Horton and Olga; sisters Isobel and Doreen; brother Orton; niece Myra and nephews Derek, Kelly and Cody. Charlie was happy that he recently reached 25 years of sobriety. He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous and often stated that he was holistically addicted. In addition to Alcoholics Anonymous, Charlie learned and applied his Cultural teachings to assist in his own recovery. However, Charlie was an extreme man and he went on to seek as much information as he could about his Culture and Traditions. He used and shared this knowledge of the Great Mystery through various ceremonies, prayers and teachings to support and to ensure a better and healthier way of life for others. Without question, Charles Monkman was one of the most Spiritual men we have been blessed to know. Charlie worked for over 20 years in the addictions field. He was instrumental in creating and managing the clinical direction of four treatment facilities across Canada: Training and Learning Centre in Fort Francis, Ontario; Whiskyjack Treatment Centre in Northern Manitoba; the White Swan Treatment Centres in North Central Alberta and the Night Wind Treatment Centres in North Central Alberta of which he was an owner/operator. Charlie most recently worked as the Clinical/Cultural Director of Night Wind. His profile included Cultural awareness, Traditional teachings, addictions education, trauma healing and GAS (grief, anger and shame) reduction. He was a respected trainer, facilitator, speaker and Elder throughout the addictions field and had a special gift for working with youth. Charlie was one of the most non-judgemental people you'd ever want to know. He used humour and genuineness when interacting with people which most often left them feeling positive and inspired. From a street person to an executive, Charlie touched the hearts of people across the globe in a good way. Charlie often stated, Mankind is my business! A ceremony will be held at the St. Albert United Church Hall, 20 Green Grove Dr., on Wednesday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. Memorial service to be held in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the West Kildonan Legion at 1748 Main St. In lieu of flowers a donation to Night Wind Treatment Centre would be greatly appreciated (Site 6, Box 4, RR #1, Legal, AB, T0G 1L0). Pallbearers are sons Kyle and Lee; grandsons Zach, Rayne, Ross and Gage; nephews Devon and Conrad. Honorary pallbearers are Morley Hanford, Dennis Delorme (Frenchie), Fox Morin, George Simard, Peter Ferris, Bill Palmer, Albert Tait, Herb Nabigon, Delmar Boni, Allen Benson, Len Benson, Charlie Ruggles, Wayne Whalon, his Spiritual son Tim Harrison, Spiritual sisters Ruth Morin and Lynn Wall. Thank you to the ICU staff at Royal Alexander Hospital for the compassionate care Charlie received and especially to his own doctor and friend, Dr. Debra Andrew.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 06, 2010

Guest Book(3 entries)

  • I just found out Charlie has passed on. Connie please accept my deepest sympathy. I have been looking for you two for years. Charlie was always a wonderful person and I enjoyed our talks in Lynn Lake. Thoughts and prayers Connie & family.
    - Posted by: Jennifer Ulvick (friend) on: Jul 31, 2013
  • There was a long time in Winnipeg being a Monkman , Gladu or Ruggles was not easy for Our Men ....almost all paid a price in some way...some even lost their lives over it and others like Charlie survived and rose above and helped make this Winnipeg a better place..... He was always had everyones back... they say in our culture he was here before us to get things ready and he had to go ahead to get things ready and knowing some of his family he needed a head start;) tawapamittin Charlie .... re: see you again Charlie ... Cyd Gladue cynthiagladue@gmail.com
    - Posted by: Cyd Gladue USA (Cousin Tommy Gladu Best Friend , My friend Myra Monkmans Uncle, A respected elder, and just a all ar) on: Dec 23, 2012
  • My name is Mildred Gladue I was once a client at the night wind treatment centre...there are so many good things to say about Charlie :) I don't know where to start, but I'll share this, Charlie was a very good man & a good listener. He was always there for me & the others. He made us feel safe. I think me and Charlie had a father- daughter relationship :) he taught me a lot when I had stayed there, I do have a good memory of him, I remember this one time, he had drive me home for a visit, & when we got to my reserve he was talking to the ppl of Goodfish Lake like he knew everybody really, & they just looked at him funny :) that made us laugh. But to this day I think of Charlie Monkman & I miss him dearly :( he will always be in my heart. N Connie luv u and I miss you <3
    - Posted by: Mildred Gladue on: Nov 14, 2012

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