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Noel Starblanket

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Noel Starblanket
Kisikaw Piyesiwewin
Pahpahtaywak Kihew[1]
Chief of the National Indian Brotherhood
In office
Preceded byGeorge Manuel
Succeeded byDelbert Riley
Personal details
Born(1946-09-26)September 26, 1946
Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
DiedApril 15, 2019(2019-04-15) (aged 72)
Regina, Saskatchewan
ResidenceStarblanket, Saskatchewan

Noel Victor Starblanket (September 26, 1946 – April 15, 2019) was a Canadian politician. For two terms from 1976 to 1980 he was chief of the National Indian Brotherhood (today known as the Assembly of First Nations).[1]

Early years and education

Born at Fort Qu'Appelle Indian Hospital in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan,[1] he was a Cree from the Starblanket Indian Reserve near Balcarres, Saskatchewan, in Treaty 4 territory.

Starblanket spent eleven years at Qu'Appelle Indian Residential School and was abused while there.[2][3] Some of his memories are recorded in The Survivors Speak: a report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada[4] and the e-book Shattering the Silence. Additionally, Regina filmmaker Trudy Stewart produced a short documentary film, From Up North.[5][6]

Starblanket attended law school at the University of Saskatchewan.[7]


In 1971, at age 24, Starblanket became one of the youngest reserve chiefs in Canada.[6] He was elected Third Vice-Chief of the Executive of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians (FSIN) and Director of Treaty Rights and Research.[7] In 1975, he was elected president of the National Indian Brotherhood and was re-elected in 1978.[2]

As part of the "Indian Film Crew", an early effort in Indigenous filmmaking at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Starblanket worked on the 1969 documentary film, You Are on Indian Land,[8] and the Ballad of Crowfoot, among others.[1] In 1973, the NFB released a 27-minute film, Starblanket.[9][10] in which, starting at 19:25 he discusses his desire in to start a farm for reserve members (see SIAP, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations).

Starblanket was asked to consider the position of Assistant Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs in 1980.[11] He spoke at the economics conference at the World Assembly of First Nations when President of the National Indian Business Association (NIBA).[12]

Starblanket, Morley Watson and Vern Bellegarde envisioned a Native hockey team and spurred the formation of the Lebret Eagles."[7]

In March 2001 he gave the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of Death Education and Counseling.[13] In 2001 he was interviewed for a project and the documentary, Starblanket: A Spirit Journey was later produced.[14]

In 2018, Starblanket became Elder-in-residence at Scott Collegiate, a high school in Regina. He worked with the University of Regina's Office of Indigenization.[2] Speaking January 13, 2019.

Personal life and demise

Starblanket died at age 72[6] on April 15, 2019 at a hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan, from complications of diabetes.[15][6]

Further reading


  1. ^ a b c d "Remembering the life of Noel STARBLANKET". Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Melnychuk, Mark (May 16, 2018). "Revered politician, respected elder: Noel Starblanket is precious to Saskatchewan's Indigenous community". Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Martel, Kevin (June 2, 2015). "Residential school survivors hope report brings healing". paNOW. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  4. ^ The survivors speak : a report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. 2015. ISBN 978-0-660-01985-7.
  5. ^ "Film screening recounts painful residential school experiences – U Regina". NationTalk. May 24, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d "Elder Noel Starblanket dead at 72". April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Thompson, Christian (2005). "Starblanket, Noel (1946-)". Indigenous SK Encyclopedia. University of Regina Press – via
  8. ^ Tracey, Andrew (24 February 2017). "Now Reconciled: Nearly 50 years later, the director of a landmark First Nations film gets his rightful recognition". Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  9. ^ Starblanket, from the National Film Board
  10. ^ Brittain, Donald (1973). "Starblanket". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Wuttanee, Deanna (November 1980). "Noel Starblanket for Assistant Deputy Minister?". Saskatchewan Indian. 10 (11): 25.
  12. ^ L., K. (August 1982). "Developing an economic base". Saskatchewan Indian. 12 (6): 28.
  13. ^ "Starblanket: A Spirit Journey". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  14. ^ "Rites of Passage. Starblanket: A Spirit Journey". Retrieved 2019-08-09.
  15. ^ "Respected Sask. Indigenous elder Noel Starblanket passes away at age 72". 15 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.

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