Influential Former Chief Passes Away

Monday, December 22, 2008 at 14:15



The Montreal Lake Cree Nation is mourning the sudden passing of one of its former chiefs.


Roy Bird who served the band for more than 16 years, both as Councillor and as Chief, passed away on Saturday.


Among his many accomplishments Bird was instrumental in the start-up of the Prince Albert Development Corporation in 1986.


He also was the driving force behind his band’s construction of a $2.5 million school.


He also served as Third Vice-Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from 1990-1993.


More recently he was a director with Indian Affairs and ran for the chief’s position at the Prince Albert Grand Council.


He was also Co-chair of the National Indebtedness review and the First Nation Child and Family Services review.


A wake is going ahead tonight with the funeral set for Wednesday.