In Memory - Andrew Yellowback

It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Andrew Yellowback.

Originally from Cross Lake, Manitoba, Andrew was a Cree elder and residential school survivor. He held numerous roles in civil service including as Federal Parole Officer and conducting Case Management services at federal and provincial prisons, where he helped inmates to rehabilitate themselves through teachings and counseling. Andrew was a committed member of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. He was very active in the urban Aboriginal community and held a strong belief in the role of Spirituality in the treatment of mental health and addictions problems.

Andrew was a member of our Aboriginal Steering Committee from 2014 to 2016. And while his time with us was short his legacy will have a lasting impact. “This is a true loss,” reflects Carrie Anne Vanderhoop, Co-Chair of the HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee. “He was dedicated to the work towards healing and wellness for Indigenous communities, especially families and children. It was an honour to have him at our table sharing his knowledge, experience and some good laughs.”

“He was a gentle soul,” shares Duane Jackson, Co-Chair of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee. “My time with him was short but fantastically rich. Safe journey.”

Our thoughts are with Andrew’s wife, Bessie, and daughter, Arlene.