Grand Council Treaty #3 mourns the passing of Delbert Horton

KENORA – December 27, 2018. The Grand Council of Treaty #3 mourns the passing of our respected leader in education, Mr. Delbert Horton of Rainy River First Nations.  Delbert was a pioneer and visionary, instrumental in developing the Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority and later expanding into the Seven Generations Education Institute (SGEI) which now services all of Grand Council Treaty #3. Delbert served as the original Chief Executive Officer of SGEI for a number of years before his retirement in 2016. Under his leadership, the SGEI established campuses in Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake, Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout to deliver education to multiple First Nations in Treaty #3 and is a leading organization for all educational programs.

“On behalf of the Grand Council, we extend our deepest condolences to Laura Horton, family and the citizens of Rainy River First Nations, as they get through this difficult time.” “When our knowledge keepers are called home, we must continue to honour and share the vision and teachings they left with us,” stated Ogichidaa Kavanaugh.  It is important to acknowledge the sacred legacy that Delbert leaves with our Nation, his vision and influence in education for the betterment of our communities throughout Treaty #3 will continue to flourish.

Delbert was a survivor of the St. Margarite and Assiniboia Residential schools, who ultimately devoted his career to improving Indigenous education.  His service as Chief and Councillor in his community of Rainy River Nations of 25 years will not be forgotten.


For more information:
Gary Allen
Executive Director
Grand Council Treaty #3