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DAN JONES (Gaagigebines) (Bizhiwan odoodeman)

Gaagigebines, Dan Jones, 58, began his journey in his home community of Nigigoonsiminikaaaning First Nation, Ont. on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle, and friend, he will be greatly missed by his family and Anishinaabe country.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1959 at Eltrut Lake, Ont., the son of John Sr. and Nancy Jones.

Dan married Gail Allen on Feb. 14, 1984 and they celebrated 35 years of marriage before his passing.

He was a graduate of Bemidji State University and went on to teach Ojibwe language, culture, and spirituality for 33 years, starting at Rainy River Community College and then at the Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College.

As a long-time resident of Cloquet, Mn., he became a highly-respected carrier of the Ojibwe language and culture locally and throughout Anishinaabe country.

He taught at various other collegiate sites, including, UMD, College of St. Scholastica, UWS, the Seven Generations Education Institute, and Harvard University.

He was a dedicated family man, lodge member, professor of Ojibwe language and culture, man of the lakes and woods, and a dear friend to multitudes of Anishinaabeg across the continent.

He was a cornerstone of his close-knit family and his favourite pastime was spending time with his family. He loved sharing his language and cultural practices with everyone, especially his children, grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Whether he would take them out fishing, getting firewood, trapping, golfing, going to the movies, playing volleyball, or cheering on his favourite team, the Vikings, Dan was a man his family could count on to be there.

He loved his family and community dearly, and will be missed by so many. He was an inspiration to many through being a long-time AA member, mentoring and guiding so many language learners and teaching Ojibwe language and culture.

He wanted to share all he knew with whomever wanted to learn. He was generous with his time and his knowledge. He has left a hole in the hearts of many but, in his own words, “I am not gone, I'm just changing addresses.”

Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Gail; children and grandchildren, Jason (Lana) and Julia; Travis (KC) and Devon, Jalen, Torren, Brayden, and Piper; Carmen and Leland and Avery; and Shawna and Zoe; and ogiin (his mother), Ogimaagwanebiik.

Alos surving are his sisters, Becky (Lance) Kingbird and Sue (Stacey) Boshey; brothers, Don Jones and Dennis Jones (Laura); mother-in-law, Rose Marie Allen; brothers-in-law, Randy Harvey, Ron, Stewart (Melanie), Gary, and Duane; and sisters-in-law, Karen (Ken), Linda (Ken), and Judy (Elton).

He is predeceased by his father, John Sr.; sister, Shirley; and brothers, Brian and John Jr. Tidlo.

A wake service will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, with funeral services to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

All services will be held at the Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation Community Centre (Red Gut, Ont.) in the Midewiwin custom, with Waagosh Anton Treuer and Waawaakeyaash Keller Paap officiating.

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