La Ronge, SK
Abel was born in a trapper’s cabin deep in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan. For the first nine years this was where he was exposed to his Cree language and Culture. The family at this time lived the trapping lifestyle. This includes trapping, hunting, fishing and other gathering activities. A close connection to the land was in the works. Abel continues to enjoy time in the wilderness.
In the fall of 1968, Abel hopped into a de Havilland beaver and flew into La Ronge en route to the Prince Albert Indian Residential School. For the next seven years this is where he received his western education. At this school he became involved in many sports teams giving him opportunities to travel and play at the provincial level. Air cadets took him to other parts of the country. He was active in the student representative council and overall his stay at residential school was a positive and beneficial experience.
Aside from residential school, Abel has always been surrounded by a rich cultural environment. He has taken on various jobs throughout the La Ronge area. A side job he still enjoys doing in the summer is guiding southerners looking for monster pike and walleye. He has a wide variety of educational experiences including university.
A member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Abel considers the community of Grandmother’s Bay home. Abel has six children, 2 girls and 4 boys.