It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully announce the passing of Elder (Kihteyak) Albert Tait.
Since 2009, Elder Tait played a significant role as an employee at Jack River School. His involvement with Indigenous language and cultural teachings was shared with hundreds of students over his time at the school. He also helped create the Jack River School drum group that over the years had countless students perform at local events and at the Division's Annual School Committee Conference.
Albert was very fluent in the Ininimowin language and enjoyed sharing what he knew in the traditional way of life. He loved storytelling, offering traditional teachings, participating in traditional ceremonies and holding sweats in his sweat lodge.
In 2014 the Frontier School Division Board of Trustees held a meeting at the Misipawistik Cree Culture Camp that involved senior administration and Elders. Albert was a part of the Elders involved to meet with the Board and his insights supporting Indigenous language and culture were profound.
We honour and respect the memory of Albert throughout all of our schools and communities in the Frontier Family.
At this time our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Albert's wife, Elizabeth, his five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.