Inuvialuit Regional Corporation offers its deepest condolences to the family, the community of Inuvik and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region on the loss of a leader, a mentor and respected elder Edward Lennie (Inglangasuk).
“The loss of Edward cuts deep into our community and our thoughts are now with the family. We all prayed for him and hoped he would make another recovery,” acknowledged IRC Chair and CEO Duane Smith. “Edward is a respected Elder and leader within our community; we will mourn him and the many others we continue to lose during these difficult times.”
Edward was a former member of the Inuvialuit Enrolment Committee – a committee responsible for reviewing all applications for acceptance into the Inuvialuit Trust.
Known as the father of the Northern Games - a revitalization project of our Inuvialuit games dating back as far as the early 1960’s, Edward raised his family while having to experience many personal losses and always continuing to serve his community in many leadership roles. The legacy of the Northern Games will continue to flourish through much of the efforts of Edward Lennie.
A recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2003 (now the Indspire Awards) recognizing his volunteer work in championing the legacy of the Northern Games - Edward made the Northern Games one of his life’s mission. Even in his failing health he continued to offer his support to all participants involved as recently as last February at the annual Northern Games Summit at East Three Illiharvik in Inuvik NT. Edward always encouraged children and provided words of wisdom including never to use the word “I can’t.” He encouraged them to always try their best.
Edward and his wife Jeannie welcomed many foster children into their home and raised them as part of the family, he was also a guardian to many youth bringing them on the land teaching cultural ways and traditional values.
We will remember Edward Lennie and mourn his loss - remembering his mentorship, his community spirit, and his leadership.