Vincent Wood Death, Obituary – Vincent Norman Wood, a man renowned for his knowledge and kindness, died away lately, and his loss has left us speechless. On a variety of projects, including mapping traditional land use and creating educational opportunities, we worked with Island Lake. During the week he was ill with pneumonia,
he worked nonstop on a protected area for Island Lake that was being directed by Indigenous people. Native Americans were in charge of this region. It was planned that the purity of their land would be protected here, and the revival of long-standing customs was the ultimate goal. According to his plan, a cultural encampment would be located on each reserve. There, young people would have the possibility to pursue careers as well as land management training.
Each reserve’s kids would be requested to take part in this camp in order to get fresh knowledge from the reserve’s knowledge keepers and to assist in maintaining the land. Norman served as a mentor to a sizable number of students and was crucial to the launch of the homebuilder program in the Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations. Over the course of two years, the Homebuilder program was able to successfully teach seventy students. These pupils later went on to construct homes using locally grown wood that they had themselves gathered and processed.
Norman’s legacy is one of hope for the reclamation of Anishinaabe territory and the revival of Anishinaabe culture. As a result of Norman’s lifelong commitment to the Anishinaabe people, there is optimism. He was a revered elder who protected and preserved the Knowledge for future generations. Everyone was moved to tears by his generosity and his ability to see the bigger picture. In every way, his loss will be deeply felt. His input was quite useful.