Christie-Ann Bernard, age 54 years passed away on Monday July 19, 2021. A native of Gull Bay First Nation. Born on May 18, 1967 in Armstrong, Ontario, to parents Irene Bernard and Gary Bourassa. She found joy in music, dancing, art, regalia making, beadwork, singing, passion for teaching and sharing her culture and traditions, enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hiking and canoeing. She loved dancing at powwows, playing softball and volleyball. Her flare for life captivated many students, friends and communities across Turtle Island. Her bright smile that light up the hearts of many will be greatly missed. Christie will be lovingly remembered by Her partner Derek Morris and step dad, Ralph Jarvinen. Greatly missed by her children Tamara Bernard (Derek Hrynzcak), Alora Desrosiers and Darien Desrosiers. Her sister, Brenda Belmore (Jordan Hatton), brothers Henry Belmore (Eunice Souribio), Kevin Belmore and Bradley Belmore. She will be missed by her grandchildren Taliah Tucker, Trey Dampier and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents, Irene Bernard and Gary Bourassa, her brother Craig Bernard, her sister Janette Bernard, and grandparents Jane and Sam Bernard. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 Sargent and Son Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 4, 2021 with Rev. Suzanne Quirion officiating. Those wishing to attend the service are asked to RSVP on Christies page or call the funeral home. Those wishing to attend the service virtually may do so on the Sargent and Son Facebook page. Honouring Christie-Ann’s legacy on dedicating her studies and practice to advocate and educate awareness on Indigenous peoples’ histories and social injustices, please make a Memorial Donation at orangeshirtday.org. The orange shirt society is a non-profit organization that created awareness for “Every child matters” movement to support Indian Residential school survivors, awareness, inter-generational impacts, and reconciliation. Online condolences can be made at www.sargentandson.com.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Christie Bernard Monday July 19th 2021..
Death notice for the town of: THUNDER-BAY, Province: Ontario