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Memorable Manitobans: Gordon William Lathlin (1933-1976)

Aboriginal leader.

Born in 1933, during the 1960s he served as Chief of The Pas Indian Band near The Pas, now known as Opaskwayak Cree Nation. During eight years in office, he was successful in expanding the band’s economic base, establishing several successful businesses and supervised the construction of a shopping mall on the reserve. In 1971, he was given a Good Citizenship Award for meritorious service to his community. He stepped down as Chief in August 1975 and afterwards served as a consultant to several First Nation councils and Manitoba provincial departments. He died at The Pas on 31 July 1976, as a result of a heart attack, and was buried in the Emmanuel Cemetery. He is commemorated by a sports facility on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation.


“Lathlin re-elected chief,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 September 1973, page 12.

“Chief Lathlin dies after moose hunt,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1976, page 4.

We thank Ralph McLean for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 November 2020

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