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PITAWANAKWAT, Lillian - In loving memory of Lillian Pitawanakwat (aka Mama) Nimkii Biness Mijissi Kwe of the Thunderbird Clan who passed into the spirit world Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 at the Manitoulin Health Centre. Loving mother of Rosalyn (Joel) McGregor of Birch Island, Cara Visitor (Bruce) of Birch Island, Jim Kewakundo (special friend Kelly) of Toronto. Beloved daughter of the late Moses and Margaret Pitawanakwat. Survived by brother Albert (June predeceased) of Birch Island, sister to the late Sylvester, Ignatius, John, Elizabeth, Angus, Edgar I, Edgar II, Andre, Genevieve and Susan. Beloved grandmother of Wynona, Jenna, Brandon, Sinjin, Silken, Sierra, Daylyn, Raidyn, Naomi, Dana, Shawn, Jenna, Brendon, Nodin and great grandchild Felicity. Lillian will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, godchildren and cousins as well as her traditional sisters/brother Shirley, Gloria, Maryann, Barb and Fr. John Haskall. Adoptive mother/grandmother to many. Mama loved travelling, meeting new people, and listening to country classics. Traditional ceremonies were a very important part of Mama's life and it is a legacy that she has passed on to her children and grandchildren. Mama had a special bond with all animals. Resting at the Whitefish River Community Centre, Birch Island, Ontario Funeral Service in Whitefish River Community Centre, Birch Island, Ontario Saturday, January 8th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation with interment in the Birch Island Cemetery. (Friends may call after 6:00 p.m. Wednesday) (Arrangements entrusted to the LOUGHEED FUNERAL HOME) To light a Memorial Candle, flowers, donations, or messages of condolence available online at 9767884
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Chi-miigwech Lillian
Posted by Red Hawk Woman (Friend) On Thursday, November 29, 2012
I was truly blessed to have known you and to have had your guidence/healing in my life. I will always remember our times at Dreamer's Rock. You were quite simply one of the most amazing women I had the good fortune to know.
Beloved around the world
Posted by Dave Holt (student) On Sunday, April 29, 2012
I never knew Lillian in person but have been very inspired by her Native Anishinaabe teachings. I was born in Ontario, Great grandson of Marie Oka Debaasige of M'Chigeeng, presently living in California, poet of Native ways of the spirit.
I was blessed
Posted by Buffalo Woman (family) On Friday, September 16, 2011
The day our paths intersected was truly a blessing. The time we shared was truly a gift.

The teachings so gently administered ,honorably received.

Your transition to the Spirit Road,humbly accepted.

Love to you,Lil, as I feel your presence here with me.

Your sister , Buffalo Woman

a great friend and teacher
Posted by Gordon Webber (friend) On Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Lillian was a great friend and mentor. I spent many days in Birch Island with her and at various ceremonies where she taught me the art of letting go. I hadn't been in touch as much since moving to Scotland but we always seemed to connect somehow every seven years. This would have been the year. I am deeply saddened by her passing but privileged to have been a friend and cherish the moments that I sat in a circle with her. chi-miigwech.

waabishkaa wawa inini niimi

Posted by M. C. Lois Provost (Auntie in Our Family way) On Saturday, April 9, 2011
Aaniin, Auntie Lillian's been on my mind. My address book was lost. So I searched. We know she is always also with us. Let me share one of her teachings as she guided my thesis: "First, a baby in the wombspace hears the heartbeat of Mother Earth, then his mother's heartbeat, then his father's, then the rest." (Lillian Pitawanakwat with M.C.Lois Provost, 2001-2007). Miigwech Creator for Auntie Lillian, Miigwech Auntie Lillian. Loving, comfort and abundant blessings from an Arawak daughter, Oloa

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