It is with great sadness that the family of Elrose Severight announce her passing on February 6, 2020 in Calgary, AB.
Elrose is survived by her husband, Robert of 46 years; sons, Garry, Robert (Shelley), Tony, Jesse (Erica) and Ryan; daughters, Bobbi, Rae Ann (Ralph), Celia and Marquita (Garrett) and grandchildren, Lance, Tianna, Juaquin, Teahya, Tannisha, Sequioa, Leila, Talon, Treavne, Brendan, Aidan, Mia, Talise, Reese, Taydon, Tia, Robert and Jason; three great grandchildren as well as sisters, Leona, Florence and Thoreen and brother, Lawrence Guy and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family. Elrose was predeceased by her parents Roy and Doris Severight; son, Justin; brothers, Paul, Thomas, Louis, James and sisters, Rosalene and Mabel.
Elrose was born in Kamsack and raised on Cote First Nation. She was a St. Philip's Residential School survivor. In 1974, Elrose was involved in the First Nations People Grassroots movement. She felt strongly about protecting the land and participated in the Cache Creek Warriors Society. Then in 1976, Leonard Peltier was finally arrested and Elrose became a member of his defense committee which eventually led her to become a part of the American Indian Movement. In 1997 Elrose found herself in Washington, DC with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee working for an appeal to his conviction. Elrose was a traditional lady since the age of 12 and became a part of the Sun Dance Ceremony. Every year as her children were born she brought them to the Sun Dance Ceremony so they would learn the traditional way of life. She believed strongly in clans and that everyone should follow their clan protocols. She followed the medicine path, respected the land to the utmost and believed strongly in herbal remedies, Elrose was a true Okitchita Quay.
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