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LAWRENCE J. BARKWELL (LAWRIE)
Born: Aug 26, 1943
Date of Passing: Sep 26, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
LAWRENCE J. BARKWELL
August 26, 1943 - September 26, 2019
Lawrie was predeceased by his wife Diana (née Weekes), and his parents, Stewart and Betty Barkwell (née Newman).
He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his two children, David and Katrina; grandson James; siblings, Vernon, Brian, Bruce, Robert, and Janet.
Lawrie's family was his pride and joy. Born in Petersborough, Ontario, Lawrie moved with his family as a young boy to Winnipeg, MB. He attended Kelvin High School, completed a B.A Honours (1975) at the University of Winnipeg, and his M.A in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University (1976).
Lawrie began his professional life with Manitoba Hydro (1963). He worked for the Manitoba Provincial Government as a Probation Officer (1970); in the Department of Justice as an Area Director (1986); and, as Policy Analyst for the Children and Youth Secretariat and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs (ANA) until he was seconded to the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) as a Policy Analyst (1997). He was the Director of the Métis Justice Institute (2003) and the Coordinator of Métis Heritage and History Research at the MMF's Louis Riel Institute (2007).
Lawrie was the first and only non-Métis person to receive an honorary Citizenship from the MMF (1991). This honour was bestowed to him in recognition of his contributions to the preservation and promotion of Métis history and culture.
He will be remembered as a passionate and accomplished researcher, author, historian, genealogist, lecturer, and beadwork artist, who assisted countless people. He served the Métis for over 30 years and has left the Nation with many timeless gifts.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the Masonic Memorial Centre, located at 420 Corydon Avenue.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, eulogy, stories and condolences for the family by visiting Lawrie Barkwell's memorial page at Integrityfuneralplanning.com.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 11, 2019
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
My sincere condolences to the Barkwell family. I have a deep admiration for Mr. Barkwell's research and his dedication to his work. He will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Andrea Paquette (Fan of his work) on: Oct 23, 2019
Laurie generously offered to help me. No hesitation, that's the kind of man he was RIP - Posted by: leo nolin (Freind mentor relative ) on: Oct 17, 2019
Lawrie will be so missed. His kindness and his absolute enthusiasm for Métis history and culture was unparalleled. I had the pleasure of working with Lawrie on the Métis Legacy books and many other projects during my time at Pemmican Publications. Lawrie was someone I could turn to for answers and opinions, we shared an extreme love of books and aboriginal authors in particular. Lawrie was an amazing man, mentor and friend. We were all so lucky to have known him and better because of it. A true champion for our people. Mi’gwetch my friend, for everything. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Sherry McPherson (Friend and coworker (Métis Legacy book, Pemmican publications)) on: Oct 16, 2019
I just learned of the passing of Mr Barkwell whom I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time a couple of months ago at Ste. Madeleine. He kindly sat down with me for a brief video-taped interview to discuss the history of the region plus, to share his vast array of knowledge. He was kind and generous with his time. Please accept my deepest condolences. He will be missed by many. Rob - Posted by: Robert J McDonald (Friend) on: Oct 16, 2019
Lawrie Barkwell - true historian of the Metis people...a man I will admire for the knowledge that he shared. I'm so sorry to your family and I send my sincerest condolences. Rest In Peace my friend. - Yvette Spence and family - Posted by: Yvette Spence (Collegue and friend) on: Oct 15, 2019
I send heartfelt condolences to Lawrence's family. I only met Lawrie once, but his life and work had a huge impact on me. Lawrie's book Veteran's and Families of the Northwest Resistance of 1885 inspired the writing of my novel about the Métis and Louis Riel. When Lawrie graciously agreed to moderate a book event I had in Winnipeg, he asked me to coffee afterward. What I thought would be half an hour stretched to three hours of laughing and talking about Metis history and politics. Lawrie even drove me back to my hotel and we sat in front for another hour talking of what was going on in the Metis homeland. Lawrie, you had so much passion and dedication. The Métis Nation will miss you. Hiy Hiy! - Posted by: Maia Caron (Friend/Colleague) on: Oct 14, 2019
As a fellow Elder and good friend Lawrie will be missed very much by me. My husband Vinko and I offer condolences to Lawrie's family. He will be forever in our hearts. May he RIP until we meet again. - Posted by: Linda St. Cyr-Saric (Friend and fellow Elder) on: Oct 12, 2019
My sympathies to the Barkwell family. We all may have moved far in our lives but our hearts and memories are still in Winnipeg and Caddy Lake. Members of the Barkwell family have been role models to many of us in our formative years on what it means to be solid and loyal in friendships and family. Know that I am thinking of you all today. Love, Kate Lenert, Charleston, SC USA - Posted by: Kathleen Lenert (Handziuk) (Family friend) on: Oct 12, 2019
I would like to send my condolences to Lawrie’s family. We worked together as senior probation officers with the Department of Justice. Lawrie in the city and me in the country. I had many enjoyable times with Lawrie at meetings or just one on one when we discussed how we could solve all the problems of the department. Later when he was at the MMF we also had some good visits. I had a lot of respect for Lawrie and the passion he had for his work, his professionalism and the care he had for the many people he came in contact with over the years. He will be sadly missed. Marston - Posted by: Marston Grindey (Co-worker) on: Oct 11, 2019
Lawrie was my friend! I will miss this wonderful man as we shared notes from MMF and the Metis Resource Centre. There was a lot of laughs and info with other Historians and authors. Thank you for your time here and love the place where you are today. God Bless you Lawrie! - Posted by: randall ranville (friend) on: Oct 11, 2019
Lawrie was such a powerful and important presence at the MMF and I took great pleasure getting to know him over the years. My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the entire Metis community. - Posted by: Suzanne MacPherson (colleague) on: Oct 11, 2019
LAWRIE WAS THE 1ST PERSON I WORKED WITH WHEN I STARTED LEARNING OF MY METIS HERITAGE. HE EVEN COLLABORATED WITH ME FOR A FEW PAPERS HE PUBLISHED WHERE HE CITED ME. LAWRIE WAS AN ASSET TO MY SELF DISCOVERY AND TO MY OWN CIVIC ACCOLADES. HE IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A TRULY ESSENTIAL ASSET TO THE METIS EVERYWHERE. Ki shaakiihitin - Posted by: KENDRA GARIEPY (RESEARCH AFFILIATE) on: Oct 11, 2019
I worked with Lawrie when I was a student social worker in 1983-1984 and received an in-depth orientation to many of the nuances working within government. I will always remember him as a bright, articulate advocate for causes near and dear to him. Our paths crossed from time to time while I was working in other in probation units and he had left to join MMF where he was able to continue his passion for advocacy and social justice. - Posted by: Brent Apter (Co-worker) on: Oct 11, 2019
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