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Saskatchewan has lost a great man and a great leader. Senator Joe Dreaver passed away on the Mistawasis Reserve on February 10 at the age of 86.
Born on the Mistawasis Reserve, he was a resident there all his life and for some 40 years was the Chief of that Band. At the time of his passing away, he was serving on the Senate of the Federation of Saskat-
The late Senator had been involved in politics most of his life. In the earlier years before F.S.I. there were three organizations within the province of Saskatchewan. The late Senator was the President of the Queen Victoria Protective Association which was set up to protect treaty rights. Each president of the three organizations resigned to amalgamate and form one organization which is now known as the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians. Even though he was never the Chief of his organization, the Senator was a very active and strong supporter.
Not only was he involved in Indian politics, but was also involved in the two World Wars. In the first World War, he served with the Royal Canadian Engineers Corps and was awarded a military medal at the Battle of Ypres for bravery. Other medals he received were two Coronation Medals; George VI, May 12, 1937 and Queen Elizabeth, June 2, 1953: Confederation Canada Medal, 1867-1967: Second World War Medal, 1939-1945: Voluntary Service Medal, 1939: The Great War
Medals that were awarded to Senator Dreaver spanning World War One and Two.
The Late Senator Joseph Dreaver seen here in military uniform.
Former Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker sent a telegram to the late Senator's widow, Evelyn, expressing his sympathy. The two gentlemen had known each other or some 50 years. The late Senator as a sergeant in the army during the last war and served under Captain John Diefenbaker.
In September 2 of 1977, the Senor and his wife Evelyn celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are his wife Evelyn; four sons, Henry of Edmonton, George of Mistawasis, Joe of Edmonton, and Willard of Mistawasis; our daughters, Mrs. Gladys Johnstone of Prince Albert, Mrs. Myrtle Ducharme of Prince Albert, Mrs. Elsie Black of Mistawasis, and Mrs. Gladys Badger of Mistawasis; one brother, Samuel Dreaver of Prince Albert and two sisters, Mrs. Rema Bird of Prince Albert and Mrs. Lydia Morisette of Mont Nebo.