OLIVER CAMERON DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO BETTERMENT OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nation’s Executive, Elders, Veterans, Staff and Senate extend their condolences to the family of Oliver Cameron, who passed away suddenly on March 29.

Cameron, best known as OC throughout the territories, was born on November 17, 1944 on the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. He grew up on Beardy’s and received his education at the St. Michael’s and Lebret Indian Residential Schools.

Cameron, from The Saskatchewan Indian, May 1979

Cameron devoted his life to supporting youth employment development and community relations. He was instrumental in introducing the first Teacher Education Program on the reserve. Oliver’s career comprised years of commitment to the betterment of First Nations in the areas of Social Services, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Saskatchewan Indian Community College (SIIT) and retired as the Director of Labour Force Development with Saskatoon Tribal Council.

Cameron was known for his charismatic, humorous, and friendly personality. In his later years he enjoyed golfing, gardening, reading, horse races, the Dakota Dunes and watching sports. He especially loved to watch the Montreal Canadiens and Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

Cameron continued to work after retirement and he dedicated time to the FSIN as deputy speaker and then as Mr. Speaker of the FSIN Legislative Assembly. He provided Elder services to the Saskatoon Police Services and the Saskatoon Tribal Council, and was also the elder for the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, North American Indigenous Games and SaskSport.

The Funeral Service will be held today at 1:00 pm in the Constable Robin Cameron Memorial Complex, Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, SK.