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Born: Jan 30, 1950

Date of Passing: Dec 08, 2021

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It is with great sadness that the family of Nitamabit/Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Elder Dave Courchene) announces his passing into the Spirit World on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with illness. He was cared for and surrounded by his family during his final days at his residence.
Dr. Elder Courchene was born on January 30, 1950 in Pine Falls, Manitoba to his parents, Dave Courchene Sr. and Margaret Courchene.
He was predeceased in February 2020 by his beloved wife and matriarch of the family, Orianna Courchene. He spoke often about how much he missed her and it brings his family great comfort knowing that they are reunited in the Spirit World.
He was the second oldest of seven: Lorraine (predeceased) (Art) and Brian (predeceased) (Susan) and survived by Shirley (Art), Gerald (Eve), Darlene and Brad. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his children, Buffey (Henry) and David (Lisa), and his adopted children, Adam and Crystal. He will also be missed by his many grandchildren, Jennika (Justin), Sky, Cody, Dakota, Henry Jr., Brent, Orianna, Kamryn, Lucas (Katriina), Dawson, Animki, Rheanna, Zoey, Salyysa, Alex, Lariah, Lyaleigh and Maliyah; and great-grandchildren, Dallas, Paris, Athena, Sadie, Kiose, Brelynn, Hunter, Nikki, Orion, and Autumn.
Dr. Elder Courchene was a respected and loved Elder and Knowledge Keeper of the Anishinaabe Nation. He devoted his life to sharing Indigenous knowledge, with the foundation of his teachings grounded in the Seven Sacred Laws. He travelled internationally carrying a message of kindness, love, and pride in his identity as an Anishinaabe. He encouraged all of us to use our gifts and unique spiritual identity to create a better life on Mother Earth for all of our children and grandchildren. He was very dedicated to living his leadership responsibility in sharing a way of life as a Member of the Original Nations of Turtle Island. His greatest hope was for the human family of all colours to feel and love Mother Earth and to come together in unity and kindness.
Dr. Elder Courchene had a deep love for music of all genres, often blasting the music in his home during the early morning hours. He was a devoted fan of Victor Newman and Young & the Restless and never wanted to miss an episode. He was a gifted storyteller; with many laughs and cherished moments shared listening to him tell stories with his one of a kind sense of humour as he picked on those he cared for in a loving way.
The Ceremonies and final viewing for the family and friends of Dr. Elder Courchene will begin on Thursday, December 9 starting at 6:00 p.m. each evening at the Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba.
The final Chii-By (Ancestor) Ceremony and Feast will begin at 11:00 a.m on Sunday, December 12. We kindly ask all those in attendance to bring a prepared Potluck dish to share for the Feast.
We humbly offer the opportunity to those who wish to provide donations to support the family to send an e-transfer to

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 11, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • The fall of 2017 I decided to check out the Thunderbird House located on Main & Higgins so after lunch around 1:30 pm I was reading the billboard not much was happening there was about a dozen or so ppl and there was this elderly couple who seemed lost or they seemed shy to ask anyone for help but they kept looking in my direction which did not bother me at all so one of the workers or keepers who was there asked the couple I assume if they needed help but now I noticed all 3 were looking in my direction that is when the Anishinabe elder called out to me and asked me if I knew elder Dave Courchene I said I know who he is but never met him I don't think but that when the native elder said I looked like I was from Sagkeeng lol I told him I was my mother was a Fontaine and father was a Henderson both deceased so he asked me if I could do him and the elderly couple a favor I said possibly so I asked what must I do and they said if I can return a pair of mukluks to the Courchene family asking if I can give them to Dave jr I said id be honored to do the task but unfortunately as I kept the mukluks at a family members place for safe keeping the mukluks disappeared I was crushed when I found out and felt like a failure to this day I haven't come across the mukluks and I'm even more saddened at the passing of Dave jr I'd like to give my condolences to the family and I'm very sorry for not fullfuling my task of returning the old mukluks to the family I knew they would've meant alot to the family and myself I'm very sorry for failing please forgive me meegwetch may the creator take you home and bless us all - Posted by: Chris henderson (knew him as a well respected man) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • Going to miss listening to his upcoming talks...I truly admired his way of life...he is a true inspiration to me...always... - Posted by: gilbert alook (a follower of dave..) on: Dec 11, 2021

  • So sorry to hear the passing I met him years ago on a trip to Turtle Lodge, it was such an honor to meet him and have a chance to meet him - Posted by: Dawn Jackson (Met him years ago) on: Dec 11, 2021

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