NAN Mourns Passing of Former Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief John Fletcher

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Acting Grand Chief Walter Naveau, on behalf of the Executive Council, expresses heartfelt condolences following the passing of former NAN Chief John Fletcher, 92, of Missanabie Cree First Nation:

“On behalf of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, I send our love and prayers to John’s wife Hazel, his family and the entire Missanabie Cree community.

John began his service to the people of Missanabie Cree when he became Chief in 1992, and holds the distinction of being the community’s only Honorary Chief. During his time as Chief, he contributed in many positive ways to support the community and its members. He had a deep connection to the land, and he helped advance the historic land claim for Missanabie Cree to secure the land promised under Treaty No. 9.

He was an accomplished musician and brought joy to many with his fiddle. John’s remarkable life will be celebrated by his loving family and all those who knew him.

Sadly, due to COVID-19, we are not able to grieve with his community at this time. We will do anything we can to comfort his family and join with John’s family and friends in prayer.”

In 1963, John Fletcher became the firstIndigenous letter carrier for the former City of Fort William. He was a member of St. Peter’s Parish, Knights of Columbus 1447, the World Wildlife Association, Ducks Unlimited, Bird Watchers, the Retired Postal Workers Union, and the Ogden/East End Health – Seniors Club.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a private family service. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

For more information please contact:
Michael Heintzman,
Director of Communications
Cell: (807) 621-2790
mheintzman@nan.ca