Assembly of First Nations Offers Condolences after passing of Shirley Firth Larrson
(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today offered condolences to the family and friends of mother, sister, wife, teacher and Olympian, Ms. Shirley Firth Larrson who passed away in Yellowknife last week.
“On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Shirley Firth Larrson as they gather today in Dene territory to celebrate her life,” said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo.
“While Ms. Larsson spent much of her time sharing the essential and important role of family and mothers in particular, we cannot overlook her contribution to sport,” said National Chief Atleo. “A decorated, yet humble, Olympic athlete, Ms. Larrson is an inspiring positive role model for Indigenous women and young people here in Canada and around the globe. Her dedication and commitment to a healthy and positive lifestyle is commendable and will act as a legacy as so many Indigenous young people strive for success.”
A member of Gwich’in Nation from Aklavik, NT, Ms. Larrson was the first Indigenous woman to represent the Northwest Territories and Canada in the Winter Olympics, which she competed in four times between 1972 and 1984. Throughout her cross-country skiing career, Ms. Larrson won 42 national championship medals. She received the Order of Canada in 1987.
Following a courageous battle with cancer, Ms. Larrson passed away in Yellowknife, NWT April 30, 2013.
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