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Angie Mercredi Crerar (b. 1936)

Angie Mercredi Crerar (b. 1936)

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Metis Elder Angie Crerar of Grande Prairie Alberta is profiled.
Metis Elder Angie Crerar of Grande Prairie Alberta is profiled.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on May 11, 2014
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Angie Mercredi Crerar.
 (b. 1936)Metis Elder Angelina Mercredi was born at Fort Resolution on Great Slave a!e" t#e daug#ter o$ Rose and Stan Mercredi. %er grand$at#er" &ierre Mercredi
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" was a %udson's a *o+,an cler! and trader between 1-9 and 1-/9. %er $a+il +oved to Roc#er River w#en s#e was t#ree. 0n 192" t#e $a+il relocated to ellow!ni$e. %er +ot#er died w#en s#e was nine ears old and Angie and #er two sisters t#en s,ent +an ears in residential sc#ool. Angie #as lived in Grande &rairie Alberta since 1966. Mercredi4*rerar received t#e 5ueens 7ia+ond 8ubilee Medal during t#e Metis ation o$ Alberta asse+bl in At#abasca in August /:1/. 0n /::3" s#e received a i$eti+e Ac#ieve+ent Award $ro+ t#e 0nstitute $or t#e Advance+ent o$ Aboriginal ;o+en and in /::- received t#e Governor General's Award. For over 32 ears" Mercredi4*rerar #as volunteered in Grande &rairie" wit# t#e Grande &rairie Friends#i, *entre" t#e Alberta Association o$ Friends#i, *entres" t#e Metis ation Alberta Regional *ouncil" ative *ounselling Services o$ Alberta" Grande &rairie Regional *ollege" and t#e *#ildrens Services Aut#orit. 0n total s#e #as been involved wit# 1 co++unit service grou,s. <ne o$ #er +ost notable endeavours was s,ear#eading t#e creation o$ t#e Elder *aring S#elter. S#e #as also ,rovided #er e=,ertise to t#e >Metis &ers,ectives and ?raditional %ealt# @nowledge Series o$ t#e Metis *entre B ational Aboriginal %ealt# <rganiCation.
Grande Prairie's diamond
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Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune
 ?#ursda" August /3" /:1/ Angie Mercredi4*rerar" Grande &rairie MDtis elder" was ,resented wit# t#e 5ueens 7ia+ond 8ubilee Award $or #er 32 ears o$ volunteering in t#e co++unit.(&#oto Aaron %in!s  7ail %erald4?ribune)
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 MDtis Elder &ierre Mercredi inter,reted $or t#e signing o$ ?reat o. - at Fort *#i,ewan and S+it#'s anding.
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At 3 a.+. in a roo+ wit# about 1/: beds lined u, in an ar+4stle" Angie *rerar awo!e to t#e sound o$ a wee,ing 14ear4old girl.;al!ing u, to #er slowl" s#e as!ed t#e +oaning wo+an w#at was wrong" realiCing #er  bed was soa!ed. A nun on #and at t#e residential sc#ool in Fort Resolution w#is!ed t#e labouring wo+an awa to t#e local #os,ital.?#e ne=t +orning during brea!$ast" a cla, and a bell 4 a sound *rerar still des,ises to t#is da 4 was $ollowed b a declaration b a nun t#at t#e oung wo+an #ad sinned and t#e newborn bab would be given awa. ;#en t#e 14ear4old *rerar began uestioning #ow a girl in a convent $ull o$ wo+en wit# onl one +ale ,riest could beco+e ,regnant" s#e said s#e was stra,,ed so #ard" s#e said s#e couldnt +ove $or two das. ?#at was t#e +o+ent w#ic# triggered #er to uestion t#e state o$ #er own rig#ts as a MDtis wo+an.?#at +o+ent was in 192. ?#is ear" 2- ears later" t#e MDtis elder #as been co++e+orated $or #er relentless and constant e$$ort to $ig#t $or t#e rig#ts" $reedo+s and ualit o$ li$e o$ t#e MDtis ,eo,le in t#e $or+ o$ t#e 5ueens 7ia+ond 8ubilee Award. S#e received t#e award during t#e MDtis ation o$ Alberta Asse+bl in At#abasca on Aug. 1-. 0n conversation wit# ,eo,le around #er" t#ere are co++on words to describe *rerar Strong" energetic" deter+ined" tireless. Moving to Grande &rairie in 1966 a$ter $reeing #ersel$ $ro+ t#e o,,ression o$ an arranged +arriage" *rerar #as dedicated #er li$e to volunteering in t#e co++unit" wor!ing wit# so +an organiCations in t#e area. Most notabl" s#e was res,onsible $or t#e creation o$ t#e Elders *aring S#elter in Grande &rairie" and recentl and t#e organiCation #as begun a ,rovince4wide ,roHect in gat#ering in$or+ation on t#e issue o$ Elder abuse in t#e aboriginal co++unit and $urt#er will be  ,roviding training to care wor!ers to recogniCe and address elder abuse in t#eir co++unities.*rerar would never ta!e $ull credit $or t#e creation o$ t#e s#elter" but Audre &oitras"  ,resident o$ t#e MDtis ation o$ Alberta said *rerar was t#e bac!bone o$ t#at ,roHect. IS#e wor!ed wit# t#e cit" wor!ed wit# industr" did w#atever s#e needed to do to #ave t#at drea+ co+e true" and it was reall about living in t#e co++unit and seeing t#at t#ere was ,eo,le w#o did need a ,lace"I &oitras said" w#o was one o$ *rerars no+inators $or t#e Hubilee award. /
 
Alt#oug# t#at acco+,lis#+ent +a be t#e #all+ar! so $ar" t#e ,resident o$ t#e MDtis ocal 199: c#a,ters $inger,rints are all over t#e cit. S#e #as been a ,art o$ t#e Grande &rairie Friends#i, *entre $or 33 ears" a ,art o$ t#e ative *ounselling Services o$ Alberta" wor!ed wit# t#e Grande &rairie Regional *ollege" t#e *it o$ Grande &rairie" *#ildrens Service Aut#orit" and #as $orged +an industr ,artners#i,s along t#e wa $or $unding. S#e never uits until s#es $orced to. S#e will give until s#e dro,s. And s#e said s#ed driven to +a!e a better li$e $or #er 11 c#ildren" /3 grandc#ildren and t#ree great grandc#ildren.IS#es alwas +ade sure #er voice is #eard" so #er sincere care $or #er activities on be#al$ o$ ot#ers is $irst and $ore+ost"I said onita owell" one o$ *rerars daug#ters" living in ellow!ni$e. e$ore +oving to Grande &rairie" *rerars li$e a$ter residential sc#ool le$t #er s#eltered" wit# no s!ills to +eet t#e outside world. *aug#t in t#e +iddle" t#e MDtis ,eo,le were s#unned b First ations and w#ite ,eo,le" w#ic# is evident wit# t#e words I#al$4breedI on #er birt# certi$icate. I0 was ca,tive. ;e #ad no +ind" we could +a!e no decisions" we were ,ut down all t#e ti+e"I s#e said. ut s#e ,ut t#e e=,erience be#ind #er" and used it as a driving $orce to #el, $uture generations o$ t#e MDtis ,eo,le. I0 wanted to #ave a better li$e $or + c#ildren" and t#ats w#at 0ve clung to all t#ese ears" 0 wanted t#e+ to #ave t#e o,,ortunities 0 didnt" 0 wanted t#e+ to !now t#e were loved and cared $or.I*rerar re+ains #u+ble w#en discussing #er acco+,lis#+ents" and acce,ted t#e award on t#e be#al$ o$ all Grande &rairie volunteers. I?o +e" it +eans a li$eti+e o$ li$eti+e o$ wor! we #ave done in our co++unit is all wort#w#ile" its an #onour bestowed on everone in Grande &rairie and t#e ,eo,le t#at #ave touc#ed + li$e. 0 will alwas #onour t#e volunteers in t#is cit" because t#at is t#e true $oundation o$ Grande &rairie.I*rerars co++unit e$$orts #ave not gone unnoticed. 0n 19-" s#e was na+ed volunteer o$ t#e ear b t#e Friends#i, *entre. 0n /::3" s#e received a li$eti+e ac#ieve+ent award at t#e Esuao Awards. 0n /::2" t#e *it o$ Grande &rairie gave #er t#e *entennial Award" and t#e cit recogniCing #er again /::9 w#en s#e was na+ed %o+etown %ero. And in /::-" s#e received t#e ver ,restigious Governor Generals Award $or #er never4ending wor!. 3

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