Statement from NCN Chief & Council

Tansi Nitoteemak,

On behalf of the NCN Council, we regret to inform you that one of our community members, Yolanda Osborne, passed away on the evening of January 13, 2023. Details of the accident are not available at this time.

And although not officially an NCN citizen, Yolanda lived in our community for many years. She worked as an early childhood educator in our daycare and Head Start programs, was a former ATEC student, and worked at our local Three Rivers Store and OT gas station. Yolanda was a very beautiful and loving woman who loved to talk, laugh, and joke around with people.

She had a big heart for the children that she cared for, and even took care of my own children over the years, for which I am very grateful. Yolanda warmly greeted others with a big smile and was loved by many. Her friends and adopted family members in NCN loved her dearly. Yolanda will be sadly missed by all who knew her and had the honour of being a part of her life.

On behalf of the nation, and with heavy hearts, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to Yolanda’s mother, her children, family, extended family, friends, and coworkers. We also extend our deepest condolences to Norway House Cree Nation. At this time, we extend healing prayers of comfort to the friends and family of Yolanda Osborne in NCN, Norway House Cree Nation, and across the province of Manitoba.

Chief Angela Levasseur
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation