Ozhaawashko giiziigook – Atik Clan

Our beautiful daanis, Christie Samantha Hunter, “Ozhaawashko giiziigook” of the Atik Clan has begun her journey to the spirit world. She left us tragically and unexpectedly on July 21, 2022. Although our hearts are broken, Christie’s earthly struggles are over, and her soul is at peace. You are so loved and will be forever missed by your parents, your sons, your family, and friends.

Christie Samantha Hunter was born January 23, 1986, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to her parents, Gerry Hunter and Andrea McLeod. She was a such beautiful baby girl.

Christie is survived by her sons Benjiman Albert, Echo Skye and their father, Curtis Copenace; her mother Andrea McLeod; her father and second mom Gerry and Tanya Hunter; her brothers Skye Hunter (Destiny), Payne Hunter (Jasmine), Javan Smith (Breanna); and sister Marissa Smith; her grandmother Evelyn Nelson and uncle Trevor Nelson, both in Winnipeg. Christie is also survived by her auntie Pat Richardson (Jay); auntie Elin and uncle Sean McLeod (Tobi); uncles Ernest Brown, Alton Brown (Tara), Shawn Brown (Genny); her beloved nieces and nephews Anna, Carter, Delaina, Miigwan. She is also survived by numerous cousins and all kinds of relatives.

Christie was predeceased by her sister Rachel; her grandparents Donna and Roderick McLeod, Eugene and Lucy Brown, Florence and Aldin Foy; her uncle Jeff Brown; aunts, uncles, cousins, and her best cousins Justin McGinnis, Ernie Jr Brown, Samantha Brown, and Crystal Henderson, Leah Hunter. Losing her cousins hurt her terribly and she missed them a lot.

Christie spent her early childhood in Thunder Bay with her parents, her siblings Rachel and Skye and maternal grandparents, Rod and Donna McLeod. In her teenage years she called Winnipeg and Manitou her homes. She eventually settled in Manitou in her twenties.

She was a fierce protector of her siblings and friends. She was not afraid to stand up for what she believed was right. She was the family babysitter and loved being around the little ones.

When she was twenty-five, she welcomed her first son Benji into this world and four years later her second son Echo was born. She loved her sons more than anything.

During her twenties and thirties, she spent a lot of time reconnecting with her culture and her community. In her spare time, she enjoyed using the skills taught to her by her grandma Donna and other teachers such as sewing, baking, beading, and harvesting medicines. She was known for her ribbon skirt raffles on Facebook and she loved bonding with her relatives about sewing and beading ribbon skirts, techniques. She was an avid crafter making headbands.

She was a loving mother and aunty. She was in her glory when she was with her kids and nieces and nephews sharing love, stories, and treats. Christie made regalia for her sons, her nieces and nephews and the other friends and family. Christie danced jingle dress at powwows in the surrounding communities and brought her sons to dance with her.

Her time was tragically cut short, but we will cherish the memories and her laughter will live in our hearts forever.

A traditional wake was held at the Manitou Rapids Gym, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 4:00 p.m., and the funeral was held on Wednesday, July, 27, 2022, at 10 a.m. Elder Tommy Councillor officiated the traditional services. The pallbearers were Shawn Brown, Art Hunter, Jared Hunter, Levi Foy, Javan Smith, and Rory Richardson. The honorary pallbearers were her nieces and nephews.

Arrangements entrusted to Northridge Funeral Home, Emo, Ontario.