It is with regret and deep sadness that Kapawe’no First Nation announce that Chief Frank Thomas Halcrow
passed away on January 2, 2020.
January 3, 2020
Kapawe’no First Nation
Death of Chief Frank Thomas Halcrow
It is with regret that Kapawe’no First Nation announce that Chief Frank Thomas Halcrow passed away on January 2, 2020.
Frank Halcrow became Chief in 1970 and served for nearly 50 years as one of the last hereditary First Nations leaders in Alberta. Throughout his tenure, he became a stalwart and capable spokesperson for Indigenous rights. During the early 1980’s, Chief Halcrow advocated for Constitutional acknowledgement of the rights of Indigenous peoples, meeting directly with Members of Parliament of Great Britain and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He is widely acclaimed for this significant role in the patriation of Canada’s Constitution in 1982.
Chief Halcrow was a pivotal figure in the establishment of the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council, alongside Walter Twinn of Sawridge First Nation. The Council represents the interests of many First Nations members in the Lesser Slave Lake region and has been a model of effective collaboration in program delivery for its member Nations since its inception. Frank was diligent in the establishment of, and clearly responsible for the creation of the Grand Council of Treaty 8 First Nations.
Chief Halcrow also founded the Alberta Indian Health Care Commission, which was instrumental in the creation of Rehabilitation Centre’s in Alberta and served as Chairman of the Kapown Rehabilitation Centre. Chief Halcrow was also Chair of the Child Welfare Committee, helped develop the first Indigenous Studies curriculum offered by three universities in Alberta and was a past member of the Alberta Teachers Association.
Reflecting on his legacy, Chief Halcrow shared these words:
“My wish for Kapawe’no, now and after my time is over, is to see not wealth or prosperity but contentment. People who are satisfied with what they have; people who are proud of what they are and have accomplished; people who look out for one another; people who really care about their environment (both human and Creator made); people who feel a sense of self-worth. None of this is unrealistic. What is unrealistic is to believe that we can have any of that without working hard to achieve it.”
Frank Halcrow passed away at 76 years of age.