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This summer Saskatchewan Indians lost two elders and long time political leaders. Senator Hilliard McNab and Senator Albert Carriere both passed away in August.
Hilliard McNab was the Chief of the Gordon's Band for nine terms. Previous to that he served on the Council and was involved in reserve politics. In 1984 he retired as Chief but remained on as a council member for three more terms. He was still a member of council at the time of his death.
Although he was often frustrated by the lack of action on the part of the Department of Indian Affairs he continued on as politics was his life.
He was appointed to the FSIN Senate in 1984, a position he enjoyed because it kept him in the political arena and he was able to share his knowledge with the young leaders. He was predeceased by his wife Doris.
Senator McNab had a family of six, three boys and three girls. The family is now planning a scholarship to be presented annually in his name.
Senator Albert Carriere was a member of the Piapot Band and also served on the FSIN Senate.
In 1973 he was elected to the executive of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians. Following his term of office he returned to his band where he served as Chief for two terms. He was also a Councillor for a number of years.
Previously he had worked as a guard in a Federal Institute and worked at the Lebret Student Residence as an Administrator.
Following his political career he worked with the Band's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and served as a role model and counsellor.
Senator Carriere is survived by his wife Florence. They have four children, a boy and girl of their own and two adopted daughters.