Bawating/Sault Ste. Marie, ON (July 13, 2019 is with a profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Susie Kicknosway Jones, the President of the Shingwauk Education Trust. On behalf of both boards, staff and students we send our deepest condolences to Susie’s family, her residential school survivor community and members of Bkejwanong (Walpole Island First Nation). Lyle Sayers, Chair of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig stated, “This is a huge loss for our Shingwauk community. Susie will be fondly remembered for her passion and dedication for culture-based education and reconciliation. She was the voice for those who did not return home from residential school. Her work will continue to be carried on by her children and others who work on carrying on Shingwauk’s vision.”
Susie attended Shingwauk Indian Residential School from the age four and a half (1941) until she was sixteen in 1953. She graduated from the Technical School, Sault Ste. Marie in 1953. After graduating Susie moved to Michigan and worked in social services. She married Vernon Jones and raised six wonderful children. She returned to Walpole Island when she retired at 55.
Susie has volunteered on many education boards, committees and held numerous positions within Walpole Island First Nation. She was one of the founding members of the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association (CSAA) and is the President of the Shingwauk Educational Trust (SET). Susie has held many roles within CSAA and SET including spokesperson, vice-president, and president. As a member of the Shingwauk Education Trust Board and later as President, Susie was instrumental in establishing Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and advancing the vision of Chief Shingwauk.
With incredible strength, kindness and resilience, Susie has worked tirelessly as a leader in the legacy of the Residential School System bringing awareness of the experience and advocating on what true reconciliation is. She dedicated countless hours presenting to various groups to help them come to understand the history of our country and to ensure it is never forgotten.
Arrangements will soon be announced by Susie’s family.
For more information, or to send condolences, please contact:
Amy Sayers – CAO – Shingwauk Education Trust