The Passing of Robbie Robertson
It is with great sadness that Six Nations of the Grand River (SNGR) hears about the passing of Robbie Robertson.
Robbie was an accomplished musician and songwriter, and his contributions to the world of music will never be forgotten. Robbie, who was of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, had a tremendous love and admiration for Six Nations, especially during his visits with family as a child. It is something he always carried with him.
One of the ways Robertson demonstrated his support was by serving as the honourary chair of the campaign to build a new cultural centre.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has requested that donations be made to Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC), an organization that Robbie was passionate about. The WCC is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history and culture of our Indigenous Peoples.
To donate you can go to https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/90172?v2=true
“Six Nations of the Grand River sends its deepest condolences to Mr. Robertson’s family. He should be remembered not only for his music, but for the tremendous individual he was, and for the love and contributions he had for his Indigenous roots,” Chief Mark B. Hill said. “We are grateful for all the requests and donations that have already been made in Robbie’s memory. We know that he would be proud to see his legacy live on through this important cause.”
SNGR encourages everyone to consider contributing to the Woodland Cultural Centre in honor of Robbie’s life and legacy.
Former SNGREC Chief Ava Hill served with Robertson as cultural centre campaign committee co-chair and spoke on behalf of WCC.
“Robbie was a dear friend and colleague, a giant in the music industry and an inspiration to many young Indigenous musicians and youth across the country,” she said. “The community of Six Nations is saddened today, but know that his music and his dedication to all Indigenous Peoples will live on as we continue to work towards creating a new Cultural Centre, a place where we can showcase future musicians who have been inspired by Robbie.”
Nia:wen for your support and for keeping Robbie and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.