Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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March 7, 2018


THUNDER BAY, ON (March 7, 2018): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the Executive Council, offers heartfelt condolences on the passing of Kelly McKay, dear wife of former Grand Chief Wally McKay, in Winnipeg yesterday:

“We are deeply saddened to receive the news of the sudden passing of Kelly McKay and our hearts and prayers are with her beloved husband Wally, their family, and her home community of Garden Hill First Nation. Kelly is remembered fondly as a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. Her dedication to family was the foundation for her husband’s life of leadership, and she nurtured their family with strength and grace. Kelly travelled extensively across NAN territory, and whatever Wally was asked to do, she was always able to find time to support him.”

A celebration of Kelly McKay’s life will be held Friday (March 9) at 7 p.m. at the First Nations Community Church, 44 Tentler Street, Winnipeg. Funeral services will be held Saturday (March 10) at the same location at 11 a.m. with feast to follow. She will be buried in Winnipeg in the cemetery where her mother and son were laid to rest. 

Wally McKay served with Grand Council Treaty #9 before it became Nishnawbe Aski Nation. He served as NAN Grand Chief from 1981-1983 and Ontario Regional Chief from 1983-1985. He continues to work with as a facilitator and advisor.

For more information please contact: Michael Heintzman, Director of Communications – Nishnawbe Aski Nation (807) 625-4965 or cell (807) 621-2790 or by email

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