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Health Director for Sturgeon Lake passes away, leaves behind strong legacy – paNOW

Aug 9, 2023

A well-known advocate for First Nations healthcare has passed away.

Shirley Bighead died on July 19 in Saskatoon at the age of 66. At the time, she was the Director of Health for the Sturgeon Lake First Nation (SLFN), a position she held for over three decades.

One of the many people she helped train was Norma Rabbitskin who currently works as the senior health nurse at the Sturgeon Lake Health Centre.

She told paNOW that Bighead is and always will be unreplaceable.

“She was a pillar for our organization and our community. “(Sturgeon Lake) will always have a voice because she trained us and instilled teachings in us,” said Rabbitskin.

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