DOLORES NANIE-BRADDICK

Dolores, Zeziikabiik, was born to Helen and George Nanie on January 28, 1948. Dolores was bear clan and a member of Rainy River First Nations. At the age of five Dolores left Manitou Rapids to go to Fort William sanatorium and from there she attended residential schools in Fort William, Fort Frances and Winnipeg for the next 13 years. Dolores would visit her family on Manitou Rapids Reservation as much as possible as she missed them dearly when she was away at school. She was crowned Manitoba Indian Princess in 1967.

She later graduated from Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario, in 1970 and began working for the City of Toronto Parks & Recreation. Her sisters came to Toronto as well where they lived together making lasting memories. She was very involved in activities in her community and met her future husband in 1969.

Dolores married Allan Braddick and together they have one daughter, three sons and nine grandchildren. Dolores and her family lived an interesting, nomadic life for 14 years in Ontario, eventually moving to the U.S.A. in 1984 in search of opportunities.

While in the U.S.A., Dolores returned to school and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at 44 years of age from the Medical University of South Carolina. She then worked in various hospitals in Charleston, South Carolina. Nearing her retirement she accomplished her goal of travel nursing which led her to move to Arizona to work within the Navajo reservation before retiring and returning home to Manitou Rapids/RRFN.

Since 2009, Dolores has been home in the community, getting involved in interesting activities including the RRFN Trust Committee, Residential School Committee, RRFN Housing Program, RRFN Pow Wow Committee, Treaty 3 Women’s Group (Honoured as ‘Distinguished Women’), Emo Hospital Auxiliary, Catholic Women’s League and St. Pat’s Church in Emo. She also completed the Anishinaabemowin – Immersion Ojibwe Language Program at Sault College in conjunction with Seven Generations Education Institute. Dolores’s sisters also moved back home around the same time where they were able to reconnect and enjoy each other during this time. In her spare time, Dolores enjoyed reading, sewing, crafts, writing, attending Pow Wows, visiting family and friends and travelling. The most important things to Dolores are her God/Manitou, her family and her community.

Dolores was predeceased by her mother Helen and father George and many other loving relatives and family friends. She is survived by her siblings Gloria, Ethel, George Jr., Angela, Brenda; husband Allan; children Derrick and Premadonna, Dyani, Dustin and Sheri, Dakin; grandchildren Dawnis, Dakin Jr., Dyarri, D’Aisha, Shiloh, Dayonni, Chloe, Sydney, Dylan; many other loving cousins, nieces, nephews and great lifelong friends.

Pallbearers Derrick Braddick, Dustin Braddick, Dakin Braddick, Marcel Horton

Honorary Pallbearers Allan Braddick, George Nanie Jr, Bernard Braddick, Rico Fuller, Robert Bombay, Dave Westley

Catholic Funeral Services provided by Father Thomas, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church

Traditional Funeral Services provided by Al Hunter, Rainy River First Nation