Manitoba chief who showed aboriginal housing to South African diplomat dies

By on December 29, 2014


Former Peguis First Nation Chief Louis Stevenson (screenshot)
Former Peguis First Nation Chief Louis Stevenson (screenshot)

PEGUIS FIRST NATION, Manitoba — A Manitoba chief who shone a light on the living conditions of his reserve during a tour by a South African ambassador in the 1980s has died.

Former Peguis First Nation chief Louis Stevenson’s controversial plan in March 1987 saw Glenn Babb, who was South Africa’s ambassador to Canada, visit his community.

At the time, Canada and the global community were turning against apartheid in South Africa.

The result of the tour was international attention that raised the profile of aboriginal living conditions on reserves.

Stevenson served 13 straight terms as head of the Ojibwa community, 220 kilometres north of Winnipeg, before losing in a hotly contested election in 2007.

Stevenson died Saturday at the age of 64 following a long illness.