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Memorable Manitobans: Michael Pashe (1925-2004)

Indigenous leader, veteran.

Born at the Sioux Village settlement on 28 December 1925, son of Laura Pashe, he received his education at the Portage la Prairie Indian Residential School. He served in the Canadian Army from July 1944 to May 1946 and received the France and Germany Star medal and the Canadian Volunteer Service medal and clasp. Upon his return to Manitoba, he met his future wife Elsie and worked in construction for many years, also for some time at the Winnipeg International Airport. They had twelve children. In 1972, Dakota Tipi First Nation was formed out of the old Sioux Village and he was elected Chief, becoming a strong voice for its people through the 1970s. He was a skilled hunter and provided meat to many families. He died at the Dakota Tipi First Nation on 5 August 2004 and was buried in the Old Sioux Village Cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 2004.

This page was prepared by Lois Braun.

Page revised: 12 November 2020

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