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Louise Chippeway

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September 24, 1945 – May 24, 2024

My dearest mother, Louise Chippeway, joined the spirit world peacefully on Friday, May 24, 2024. She was/is my best friend. We watched movies together, we watched tennis together, and we watched curling together. On Christmas Day we ate leftovers and watched old movies all day. We lived in our pjs and messy hair for the last few years. I called you Ulease but you are mom & kookum. 

Pitaaycommigook / Thunderbird Woman (Louise Chippeway) is a Metis / Ojibwe / Cree Ikwe. She is survived by our cat Chirpy; two sons, Darrell (Gav) and Billy-Joe; four Granddaughters, Jada, Jax, Jessica, Jennifer. Her surviving brothers and sisters will miss her dearly: Carol Blackbird, Ed Lafreniere, Linda Lafreniere, Peter Lafreniere, Archie Lafreniere, Leonard Lafreniere, Annette Handel, Joe Lafreniere, Lena Friesen, and Mitchell Lafreniere. There are too many nieces and nephews and cousins to name but know that you are loved. 

I love you mom Ulease. 

You will always be in our hearts. 

There will be a Celebration of Life to honour the beautiful life and soul of Louise Chippeway at 1:00pm on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at 603 Wellington Crescent (Unitarian Church). 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Craig Street Cats, or a charity of your choice in her name.

Louise’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Michelle Friesen

May 31, 2024 at 2:50 AM

I have two stories to share about my beautiful Aunt Louise.


I was driving home and was stopped at a red light at Waverley and Abinojii Mikanah. My golden retriever, Lacey, was in the backseat, and our windows were both open. As my car idled, I could hear someone saying “Lacey… Lacey… Lacey...” I looked over, and also stopped at the red light was my Aunt Louise! She was calling my golden. It was so adorable! I can still hear her beautiful voice today.


Louise asked me to sew her a top and pants. I had sewn one for myself and she really liked it. When it was all done, Louise was really happy, and it looked fantastic on her. Afterwards, she travelled abroad for work. When she returned, she said she gave the outfit to a lady from another country (I think it was India). The lady loved her outfit so much that Louise gifted it to her. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and love is felt worldwide.


Lots of love and positive thoughts for her sons, granddaughters, and kitty Chirpee.

Darren Ramsay

May 30, 2024 at 3:13 AM

When my career path took me into government I met and got to work with Louise on a number of projects over the years. She was always so kind, supportive and respectful. Louise also worked hard to ensure accountability was being held and created many good paths for Neechi's working in government. She was a true leader. My condolences to the family. Peace be with you Louise.

Barbara Bruce (Flies High Thunderbird)

May 30, 2024 at 1:13 AM

I loved Louise. She always had a kind and open heart. She was truly dedicated and committed to making society a better place for people, community and nations. Louise helped so many, including myself. You are going to be missed. 🦅❤️🤗

Norma Spence

May 29, 2024 at 3:21 AM

I met Louise while working for the Province of Manitoba and was instantly impressed with her. I worked with her closely on the Four Worlds project and we became good friends. Louise was very dedicated to her job and her community. She worked tirelessly for both. She loved intently and spoke often of her sons. She loved them so very much and was so proud of them. I will miss Louise but I know she is in a better place, Free from pain and suffering. My memories of her will never fade. She was a strong presence in my life and my career with the government. My sincerest condolences to Louise's sons. So long, my friend, until we meet again. <3

Clayton Sandy

May 28, 2024 at 9:18 PM

In the middle 80s and 90s about 10 Indigenous friends that worked for the Manitoba government took it upon ourselves to address racism within the civil service.

It was interesting times, lots of ups and downs, but we managed to pave the way for more Indigenous people entering the government by exposing racism that lived in many departments.

We managed to secure a position at the Civil Service Commission for Louise as well.

As a collective, we had many conferences and brought 4 Worlds Development to the province to help us heal as well. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to have worked with Louise.

She will be missed and known as a Trailblazer.

Aho, WopidaTanka

Clayton Sandy

Frances Sinclair-Kaspick

May 28, 2024 at 8:40 PM

From the first moment I met Louise and heard her speak to Province of MB Indigenous group of civil servents. I knew Louise was academic, speaking her knowledge, I wanted to know her. Louise became my mentor, sharing her wisdom and we became very good friends. Looking to her as an oldder sister. I'm so grateful to Louise for her huge undertaking of 'Healing Within.' Four Worlds she conducted for years. A leader in the Indigenous community. Lousie was still working on 'healing within' right up to April 2024.

I'm grateful to have met her sons and got to know Darrel throughout the years.

I very much admired Louise for her caring, consideration, many, many wonderful qualitues.

I love you my sister of the heart. I'm SINCERELY going to miss you. I'll often speak to you in the Spirit World. But it's not the same. God Bless you in your transition. I'll always remember you in my heart Louise.

Darrell "Gav" Chippeway

May 28, 2024 at 7:47 PM

My beautiful mother. I miss you so much. In tough times you were my light. You are my best vibration. Please be with me when I need you. I need you now, mother Ulease. I love you so much.........

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