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NAN mourns the passing of elder Helen Cromarty

Cromarty was a nurse and has been recognized for her work in healthcare by First Nations Health by the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Chiefs of Ontario, and others.
Helen Cromarty. Photo provided by Lakehead University.

THUNDER BAY — Helen Cromarty, an elder and the wife of the late Grand Chief Dennis Franklin Cromarty, has passed away.  

A release issued from Nishnawbe Aski Nation on Tuesday expressed condolences to the Cromarty family and those part of the Sachigo Lake community on the passing of the beloved and well-known elder. 

Having attended Pelican Lake and Shingwauk Residential Schools, Cromarty went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lakehead University, specializing in coronary care and intensive care units. She also attended outposts as a nurse to Big Trout Lake (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug) during her 23-year nursing career. 

Cromarty lent her working knowledge in health care as a health policy analyst and health liaison at NAN and was a special advisor for First Nation Health at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre.

In 2016, she received an honourary doctorate in science by Lakehead University. 

She was a proud mother to five children and a very proud Kookom to her grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. 

Katie Nicholls

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