Green Funeral Home

600 Reid Ave, Fort Frances, ON


Delbert Horton

8 July , 194723 December , 2018

Chi Anikwat (Atik N’Dodem)

"Big Cloud" (Caribou Clan)

3rd degree Midewewin

Honourary Ph.D. (2015) World Indigenous Nations University

Masters of Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy (2015) – Aanda Wenjigewin Programme – Seven Generations Education Institute

The Horton Family is sad to say good bye to Delbert who is beloved by his family and his friends. Delbert passed on peacefully on Sunday December 23, 2018 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. Delbert will travel on with a wake held at the Manitou Rapids gymnasium on Wednesday December 26, and a traditional Midewewin ceremony conducted by Elder Charlie Nelson on Thursday December 27, 2018.

The Pallbearers will be Rob Horton, Stan Horton, Brent Tookenay, Brian Ostaff, Michael Anderson, Frank Lucachick, Doug Horton Jr. and Jamie Leonard.

The honourary pallbearers will be Rocky Cook, Rory Joseph, Gary Medicine, Albert Hunter, Craig Jourdain and Jim Leonard.

Delbert was born on July 8, 1947 to James and Imelda Horton. His childhood on Manitou Rapids was filled with love, fun and a little mischief. Delbert is predeceased by his parents James and Imelda, sister Mary Jane, brother Michael and nephew Trevor Joel. He is survived by the love of his life, Laura, daughter Tracy, sons Lionel, and Jeremy, brother Doug Horton Sr., sisters Dona Fiddler, Anna Horton, Audrey Horton (Craig) and adopted sister Elaine Ross, granddaughters Kirsten, Payton and Lauryn Horton as well as numerous family members

Delbert attended both the St. Margarite and Assiniboia Residential schools. After Delbert graduated from High School he explored several different career paths from working as a Surveyor for CN Railway checking the rail lines to training to be a Museum Curator. Delbert found his passion when he began the Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority in 1985. Delbert’s vision was to promote further education for Anishinaabe and to bring education into the communities. Rainy Lake Ojibway Education Authority transformed into the Seven Generations Education Institute. Delbert’s dream continues on, Seven Generations Education Institute is thriving with campuses throughout Treaty Three Territory.

His contributions to the advancement of education for Anishinaabe and Indigenous people have been felt around the world. Since his protest in grade 11 English class, he advocated for Indigenous education in the Indigenous way. He was a founding member of ONECA, AIC, NAIIHL, WINHEC and most recently IIAESC. His contributions will be felt for generations to come.

Delbert was a proud Anishinaabe man who loved his First Nation and endeavoured to enrich his community by being politically active, serving as Chief for a term and as a Councillor for 25 years. He was also one of the original Financial Trustee’s for the Rainy River First Nations Trust.

Delbert’s friends and family will remember his enthusiasm for golf, he had the opportunity to golf around the world as part of his many travels. He enjoyed travelling both for work and for leisure, especially with his family. Delbert took great pleasure in attending pow wows and visiting the many friends and family that he would meet on the pow wow trail. Another favourite past time of Delbert’s was taking his boat out on the lake, especially Lake of the Woods where he would visit the waters and islands that his parents travelled. Some treasured memories of his children and nieces and nephews are of when he would take them camping out on the lake. Delbert continued to enjoy camping however in later years he got into glamping by upgrading his tent for camper trailers.

Delbert was a kind and generous man who leaves many people with memories of love and happiness. His love for his family was a large part of his life and he treasured them as well as his many friends. Delbert was a humble man who will be in the hearts of his family, friends and colleagues, near, across the country and around the globe forever.


  • Tradtional Wake Wednesday, 26 December , 2018
  • Traditional Funeral Service Thursday, 27 December , 2018


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Rongo and Marcia Wetere

9 January 2019

Dr. Delbert Horton, MA
Ka Hinga te Totora
A Big Tree has Fallen

Haere te Rangatira Moe Moe
Te Ringa o te Atua
Farewell o Chief Sleep well in the hands of the Great Creator

To Laura and Family
Our deepest sympathy with Delbert's Spirit Journey too soon.
We only heard the sad news today and want to convey the high regard both Marcia and I feel for both Delbert and you, Laura.

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong
Aroha Mae Ra Koutou ma - Love to you and Family

To have known both Delbert and yourself Laura for almost 20 years and to see the success of your education initiative SGEI that you did extremely well together is something we honour. WINHEC and the long road to the new legislation creating Delbert's contribution and membership to the Indigenous Advanced Education Skills Council was a victory we all can celebrate. We do wish, however, that Delbert would have been here to see the establishment of the Indigenous University that we shared many ideas about over the years.

Marcia and I also want to thank you both for helping to make our wedding most memorable. Having you there was very special. And we now hold dear the memories of time shared this past summer at WINHEC/WIPCE.

Though Delbert is on his Spirit Journey he will not be forgotten. Now it is up to us to carry his wisdom and dreams forward to improve the lives of many.

Rongo and Marcia

Laurie Pentney

2 January 2019

I was sorry to see that Delbert passed away. I always enjoyed visiting with him when he came to Spruce Creek Golf Course. We would have such interesting and far ranging conversations. He was a man of many talents and interests and will be sadly missed.
Laurie Pentney

Ingrid Krampetz

1 January 2019

Delbert was a man of quiet dignity and gentle humour. I always enjoyed speaking with him, and always learned something from him. He was unique and will be missed!

Larry Fontana

29 December 2018

Please accept my regrets at Delberts passing. He will be missed by all of us. Be consolled in the knowledge that his good work will live on as an everlasting memorial and testimonial to his fine qualities.

Larry Fontana

Inger Márjá Nilut

28 December 2018

Caribou-man, we will miss your kind eyes and your love for the sámi people ! It was a pleasure to know you❤ We send our condolences to Laura, Payton and all the family ❤

Bill Morgenstern

28 December 2018

Delbert was the reason I worked and lived in Canada, became a Canadian citizen and spent many years in Native Education and in classrooms with the Rainy River District Board of Ed as well as educational activities with First Nation communities of the district. For this I owe Del a huge debt of gratitude . We were work partners and friends starting in 1980 and I will never forget some of the adventures and times we spent together on the journey in bringing Native Education to the public, separate, and reserve schools and communities in the district. This was Del's vision and I was honored to be a part of it in it's early stages.

Thanks Del for the times we shared, the things you taught, the support you gave, and the impact you have made on the lives of many, my own included . You will be missed and my heart was saddened at the news of your passing. To Laura, and all the Horton family, Donna, Anna, Audge, Doug, Tracy and Lionel, my deepest condolences at this time of your loss. I know it is hard but I also know your pride in Del as husband, brother and dad.

Miigwetch for all you have done my friend. You are always remembered.


Bill Dynes

27 December 2018

Laura and family
Our sincere condolences on the passing of our friend Del. My time spent working
with Delbert and Mark and all the people at RLOEA and Seven Generations was special
and I still treasure the friendships made in those times.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Susan Dynes

Terry Ellwood

27 December 2018

Very sad to hear of Delbert’s passing. I am proud to have worked with Seven Generations, led by Delbert and Rainy River District School Board, led by Warren Hoshizaki in forging new partnerships between public and aboriginal education institutions which laid the groundwork for many other such partnerships around the province. Delbert and Laura were beacons showing many of us the pathway to aboriginal student success.

I will never forget you my friend… Especially the vicious hip check you laid on me in our “friendly” annual hockey game. Our condolences to Laura and family

Barbara Fritz

27 December 2018

So sorry to hear of Del's passing. He will live on not only in the memories and hearts of his family and friends but in the achievements and accomplishments of the children, youth and adults whose lives he impacted through his many years of work in education. It was a privilege to know and work with him. My thoughts are with you, Laura and all your family.

Phyllis Eikre

27 December 2018

Delbert was a wonderful man and a leader in education throughout northwestern Ontario, Canada and the world. I am happy that I had the pleasure to work alongside Delbert and learn from him. My condolences to Laura and family.