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Born: Feb 02, 1954

Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2020

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It is with great sadness that the family of Orianna Courchene (Sound of an Eagle Coming), announces her passing into the spirit world, after a long battle of illness on February 5, 2020.
Born on February 2, 1954 at Cormorant, Manitoba to her parents, William and Lillian Fenner. The second oldest of siblings, Sharon (Clive), Judy (Frank), William (Emily), Eric, Vern, James (Claudette), Charles, Fabian, and Crystal. She will be lovingly remembered and missed by her husband Dave Courchene Jr.; her children, David (Lisa), Buffey (Henry), and adopted children, Adam and Crystal. She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Jennika, Sky, Cody, Dakota, Orianna, Camryn, Henry Jr., Brent, Lucas, Dawson, Animki, Rheanna, Zoey, Salyysa, Alex, Lariah, Iyaleigh and Maliyah; and great-grandchildren, Dallas, Tina, Paris, Sadie, Kiose, Hunter, Brelynn, and Nikki.
Orianna was known for her impressive skills in sewing, having made many ribbon skirts and shirts for whoever requested them and winning sewing competitions. She spared no expense at cooking great dishes for family gatherings, feasts, and meetings. She also loved her time with family and friends at the VLTs. Orianna also had a great love for the community events, in particular treaty days. Being gone all day during these times she tried to get to as much events as she could dragging along her children and grandchildren. She also had many special friends in the community of Sagkeeng and could not go anywhere without stopping and talking.
Orianna shared teachings over the years with many women of all walks of life on the importance of motherhood and walking the earth as a sacred woman. She often did this through ceremony and leading the Mother Earth Lodge. Her background work at the Turtle Lodge did not go unnoticed and she embraced her role and loved contributing to its purpose. Over the years she opened her home to many in time of need. Her humour and straight forward advice will be missed. However, the role she enjoyed most was being a mother and grandmother. Up until the end she showed us the importance of hope, strength, and purpose with the challenges she faced.
Traditional Wake Service is being held at the Turtle Lodge, 47017-F Highway 11, Sagkeeng First Nation, MB, from February 6 to 9, 2020, with funeral service to follow on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family care of Spirit Road Funeral Services Inc., P.O. Box 200, Fort Alexander, Manitoba, R0E 0P0, 204-340-6490 or friends may leave a message of sympathy at

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • We at Liberty Tax are very sad to hear about Oriannas passing. She will be missed. She was a very happy person to visit with and talked lovingly about her family, friends, and community. We have all been blessed to have had her grace our lives. Condolences to all who loved her. - Posted by: Jane Wunnemann (Friend) on: Oct 07, 2020

  • Orianna was always a wonderful, loving, honest lady whom I will always love and look up too. She taught me many things and will always be remembered with much love from my family and I. We lost another teacher of our Anicinabe ways but she taught us so the teachings will live on with all she lovingly taught us! - Posted by: Chasity Fontaine (Family ) on: Feb 09, 2020

  • What an extraordinary woman! It has been many years since I had the privilege of being in her company but the memory of that time is crystal clear. She was the heart, the glue and the teacher. Everyone who spent time with her benefitted from her wisdom, her numerous talents and joyous laughter. She carried beauty, tradition and love. She will be missed beyond imagining and remembered by all forever. Farewell Orianna. With great respect. Michele - Posted by: Michele Finney (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • The first time I saw Orianna was at the old fort Alexander arena. Her and Dave were newly weds. I thought she was so beautiful in her parka from The Pas and her long hair. I thought boy Dave brought back a beauty. - Posted by: Carol Fontaine (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • I loved my friend she was very loving and giving, she was full of life and love to laugh, I always enjoyed my stay at their place, dinner would last for hours and the jokes and laughs would continue. I love to be in her ceremony as she gave girls and women teaching. Sending much love to the family and healing light. - Posted by: Diane Richmond (friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

  • Very sorry to hear about Orianna. I pray for her and her family as she makes her journey back to the Creator. May you find comfort in knowing that her spirit will always be with you. From my family to Yours. - Posted by: Terry Bruce (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2020

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