Sarah Harper’s 111th birthday celebrated in Bunibonibee Cree Nation – Thompson Citizen

by ahnationtalk on August 31, 2017194 Views

August 31, 2017

Indigenous leaders and provincial government representatives were among the dignitaries in attendance in Oxford House Aug. 24 when Bunibonibee Cree Nation member Sarah Harper celebrated her 111th birthday, a milestone that likely makes her the oldest person in Manitoba.

Harper was born several years before the First World War, about a decade before some Manitoba women got the right to vote and only a year after the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were created out of what was then part of the Northwest Territories and joined Canada as provinces.

In attendance for Harper’s celebration were Thompson MLA Kelly Bindle, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson, who also comes from Bunibonibee Cree Nation.

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