One of Manitoba's most respected Aboriginal leaders has died.
Tobasonakwut Peter Kinew passed away December 23.
A memorial service is scheduled Thursday at 7 p.m. at Winnipeg's Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd., with a funeral Saturday near Kenora, Ont.
Kinew dedicated much of the latter part of his life to reconciliation between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities across North America.
His son, former CBC broadcaster Wab Kinew, said his father "made it a real priority to turn all this talk about reconciliation into meaningful action."
Born on a trapline in Lake of the Woods, Tobasonakwut Kinew was a pipe carrier, a high degree member of the Anishinaabe Mite’iwin, and a Sundancer of many years of both the Anishinaabe and Lakota traditions.
Just last week the University of Winnipeg established a $10,000 fund in honour of Kinew, who was an elder and an instructor in the Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance and Master’s in Development Practice with a focus on Indigenous Development.
He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Winnipeg in 2011.