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William E Sault

William E Sault

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Aboriginal leader William Sault is profiled.
Aboriginal leader William Sault is profiled.

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Published by: Lawrence J. Barkwell on Feb 28, 2013
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William E. Sault.

Bill Sault, George and Paddy McGuire worked to create the Lake Nipigon Metis Association in 1965. Obituary Published: Tuesday, July 25, 20001 Mr. William E. Sault age 66 years of Thunder Bay died in hospital in North Bay on Sunday evening, July 23, 2000 with family at his side. William 'Bill E. ' Sault, grandson of well-known Chief Joe Sault of Nipigon, Ontario has worked for many years to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding among diverse ethnic groups, particularly promoting the many contributions of new world Indians to Canada and to the world in general. In the late sixties Bill was a volunteer with the Company of Young Canadians (C.Y.C.), a Federal government program designed and modeled after the Peace Corps in the U.S.A. The C.Y.C. promoted recognition and provided assistance to a variety of ethnic communities and groups. In the capacity of volunteer, Bill worked closely with the late Patrick McGuire Sr. to organize many Metis communities across Northwestern Ontario. The organization of these Metis communities led to the creation of the First Metis Association in Ontario. This first association was called the Lake Nipigon Metis Association, and was a catalyst to the creation of the Ontario Metis and Non-Status Indian Association (OMNSIA), now known as the Ontario Metis Aboriginal Association (O.M.A.A.) He also developed the Wikwedoong Native Cultural Association with the objective of Aboriginal cultural retention and dissemination. In 1969, and as a result of the federal government's 'new Indian policy' white paper, Bill was drafted into Native politics, to assist in the rejection of the white paper of the government. He served as Vice-President of the North Central Region of the Union of Ontario Indians (U.O.I.) during which time, he helped to develop, and financially supported, the Ontario Native Women's Association. As Vice-President, his portfolio included the directorship of treaty research which led to successful land and treaty rights negotiations at both the Provincial and Federal levels. On the local community scene, while residing in 'geared-to-income' housing, Bill experienced the stigma attached to those who lived in such housing, and became instrumental in forming the first tenant's association in Thunder Bay, known as the LaSalle Tenant's Association. He served as Vice-President for that association until he moved in 1970. However, still politically active in the province, he became involved as Chair of the Committee to establish treaty rights during the negotiations between the government and the Native bands of the Robinson-Superior treaty area, to establish the Pukaskwa National Park. He was elected, and served a term as President of the Union of Ontario Indians. From 1976 to 1990, Bill worked with the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission in various positions such as Native Employment Counsellor, Local Employment Assistance Program Project Officer, A/Affirmative Action Officer, Border Crossing Examining Officer. He moved to Toronto to serve as a Regional Program Officer, during which time, he developed and

The Chronical Journa, Thunder Bay, Ontario http://www.chroniclejournal.com/obituaries/sault/william

taught a cross-cultural awareness training package. He also developed a 'time-line chart, probably the first of its kind in Canada. This “time-line” chart graphically depicts some of the historical events that had some impact on the development of the Aboriginal people, either positively or negatively. He returned to Thunder Bay to work as a Senior Project Officer under the Canadian Jobs Strategy He retired from the Provincial Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) as a Native Cross-cultural Advisor, where he continued to provide Native cross-cultural awareness training to MNR staff and to other provincial Ministries. Upon his return to Thunder Bay, he became involved with the Negahneewin Centre for Aboriginal Student Excellence at Confederation College, as well as serving as an Advisory Board member for an Aboriginal program at the College. He has also served as a resource person on many occasions to various classes and Aboriginal programs. He was instrumental in starting the 'Native Expression' coffee house in Thunder Bay. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Thunder Bay Indian Youth Friendship Centre. He was also very instrumental in starting the Communities for Cultural Equality (a race - relations group) and until recently sat on the board of directors of that organization. He was President of the Board of Directors of Beendigen Corporation, a crisis prevention and housing provider for abused aboriginal women. He was a native elder who was instrumental in organizing the junior division of the Canadian Rangers Patrol reserves program. He was honoured by the appointment of Chief Warrant Officer with the Canadian Rangers in 1998 and was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999 from the Anishinabek Nation. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty; son Bo (Doreen) and their children B.J. and Mandy; daughter Karen (Dave) Machado and their son Michael, 2 sisters: Monica and Ethel; and a brother Jigg's; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. Predeceased by his parents William and Marguerite Sault and brother Buddy.

Compiled by Lawrence Barkwell Coordinator of Metis Heritage and History Research Louis Riel Institute

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