Re­mem­ber­ing loved ones

Com­mu­nity mourns the loss of el­der Is­abelle Paul, safety of­fi­cer Con­nie Paul-Os­borne

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND - Adam Gould Adam Gould is a res­i­dent of the Mi’kmaq com­mu­nity of Mem­ber­tou, and the of­fi­cial Kji Pa­parazzi. He loves at­tend­ing com­mu­nity events, and shar­ing them with you. Send emails to adamegould@gmail.com.or find him on In­sta­gram @kji_­pa­parazzi.

Taliaq, ni­tap­tuk!

Can you be­lieve it’s No­vem­ber al­ready? In Mi’kmaq, this month is Keptekewiku’s or the Frost Month.

This Mem­berNews is ded­i­cated to some won­der­ful peo­ple who have re­cently de­parted. As we have al­ways done, the com­mu­nity of Mem­ber­tou has come to­gether to sup­port our friends and fam­i­lies.

Last month, we said nmu’ltes to one of our most beloved el­ders, Is­abelle Paul. She was a kiju (grand­mother), great-grand­mother, mother, and just one of the great­est peo­ple to be around.

At nearly 81 years, her wit was ra­zor sharp and she could have an en­tire room of peo­ple hold­ing their sides in laugh­ter.

In 2016, Paul re­ceived the Grand Chief Mem­ber­tou Life­time Achieve­ment Award at our an­nual awards ban­quet. She was joined by daugh­ter Brid­get, grand­daugh­ter Mar­cella and great-grand­daugh­ter MacKen­zie.

A flu­ent Mi’kmaq speaker, she then shared some thoughts that had us all in stitches.

I’ll miss get­ting the ran­dom mes­sages from Marce ask­ing if I can “taxi Gram down the road” to bingo. A very lovely soul, Is­abelle Paul will live on for­ever in our hearts.

On a more per­sonal note, I must take a mo­ment to re­mem­ber my life­time neigh­bour — Con­nie Paul-Os­borne, also known as Momma.

Paul-Os­borne wasn’t just a neigh­bour, she was like a sec­ond mother to me and she al­ways treated me like a son. She is from a won­der­ful fam­ily, some of whom I even re­fer to af­fec­tion­ately as “aun­tie.”

She has a spot in my heart that will al­ways be oc­cu­pied, and I will re­mem­ber her ra­di­ant smile, warm and whacky sense of hu­mour, and the love and heart she showed to ev­ery­one.

Of­fi­cially she was Mem­ber­tou’s safety and emer­gency man­age­ment co-or­di­na­tor. Her job was to keep us all safe at work and in the com­mu­nity and she en­sured that we all made it home to our fam­i­lies.

My heart goes out to her fam­ily — her son and one of my best friends in the world, Bren­dan, her hi­lar­i­ous and awe­some daugh­ter An­nette, part­ner Terry, grand­kitty Mit­tens and puppy Gin­ger.

Sankew­eye’n Iapjiw, Momma. Ke­salul.

The more I tried to find the proper words for this ar­ti­cle, the more stumped I be­came. One would think the words and ex­pres­sions would just flow out. In­stead I sat at my desk just re­mem­ber­ing the mem­o­ries, smiling and laugh­ing to my­self.

* * * * * Re­cently I at­tended L’nu­taq’l: Mi’kmaq Mu­sic Show­case and what a time. The eight-act show fea­tured mu­sic per­formed all in Mi’kmaq, and a tribute to Joey Gould.

My hat is off to the Treaty Ed­u­ca­tion crew of Jaime Bat­tiste, Ce­leste Sul­li­man and Loni Vi­caire, and the spon­sors who helped make L’nu­taq’l a re­al­ity.

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And in the spirit of re­mem­brance, I must say wela’lio’q to the men and women who served our great na­tion.

On Re­mem­brance Day, I will re­mem­ber my grand­fa­ther Pius Mar­shall (Korean War) and my great-un­cle Charles Gould (Sec­ond World War) and all the men and women who’ve de­fended our na­tion and home.

Please keep our “smaknisk” in your heart this week­end.

Mem­ber­tou will host Re­mem­brance Day events on Sun­day at St. Ann’s Church. The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by the Syd­ney Ki­wa­nis Cadets pa­rade and then some hos­pi­tal­ity at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. We would be more than happy to see you.

Un­til next month, ni­tap­tuk! Nmu’ltes and Happy Re­mem­brance Day.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Is­abelle Paul ac­cept­ing her Grand Chief Mem­ber­tou Life­time Achieve­ment Award with daugh­ter Brid­get, grand­daugh­ter Mar­cella and great-grand­daugh­ter MacKen­zie.

CON­TRIB­UTED

The Rel­a­tives per­form­ing at the very first L’nu­taq’l Mi’kmaq mu­sic show­case in Mem­ber­tou.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Con­nie Paul-Os­borne, back mid­dle, with her mother Vi­ola, and sis­ters Joyce, Emily and Glo­ria and nephew Cary.

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