April 15, 2024

McMurray Métis described Hansen as a devoted chief and advocate for the Métis individuals of Fort McMurray.

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Peter Hansen, who not too long ago stepped down as president of McMurray Métis, has died at 70. A Fb put up from McMurray Métis confirmed Hansen died on the night of Feb. 15, and described him as a devoted chief and advocate for the Métis individuals of Fort McMurray.

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Hansen was born in Fort Chipewyan. On the age of 4, his household moved to Fort McMurray and settled in Waterways. In accordance with an obituary from McMurray Métis, Hansen cherished the outside and owned and operated a trapline within the Birch Mountains. He was an energetic hunter and cherished taking journeys on boats, snowmobiles, and bikes. He volunteered on the Yukon Quest, a 1,000-mile canine workforce race from Whitehorse to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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“He was enthusiastic about inspiring others to connect with their tradition and at all times ensured there have been enjoyable actions for the youth and kids to do and be included in,” mentioned the obituary. “Peter had nice respect for the Elders as they guided him by way of their knowledge, information and sharing of traditions.”

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Hansen was elected president in June 2022 after spending eight years as a councillor with McMurray Métis. He additionally served on the board of administrators for the enterprise arm of McMurray Métis, Infinity Métis Company.

A video posted to McMurray Métis’ Fb web page on Feb. 14 praised Hansen’s management shortly after he resigned as president. His successor, Kelly Myers, mentioned she had by no means met a person extra dedicated to his household or heritage.

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Peter Hansen, president of McMurray Metis, at McMurray Metis’ Metis Fest in Fort McMurray on Friday, Might 27, 2022. Vincent McDermott/Fort McMurray Right now/Postmedia Community

“One of the crucial vital issues I discovered from President Hansen is to be humble: To be humble within the selections that we make and to make sure that we’re making them for the correct causes,” mentioned Myers. “These proper causes are our membership, what’s proper for our neighborhood, what’s proper for the development of Métis individuals in our area.”

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Govt Director Don Scott praised Hansen for a current deal McMurray Métis signed with Canadian Pure Sources. Scott additionally praised Hansen for pausing building on the troubled Métis Cultural Centre.

“Peter’s a humble individual. He wouldn’t wish to take credit score for something,” mentioned Scott. “Lots of people don’t notice what a fierce advocate he could possibly be behind the scenes as a result of he’s so sort up entrance.”

Hansen is survived by his spouse of 48 years, Judy; their daughter, Emily (Ivan); son Jonathan (Vikki); grandchildren Winter, Ever, and Brigg; his brothers and sister, and his nieces, nephews, and cousins. He’s predeceased by his daughter, Jodi Rae, mom Violet, and father Lloyd, and grandmother Jenny Flett. Particulars of a service for Hansen will probably be launched shortly.

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