June 26, 1927 – January 25, 2021
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Theresa Marie Stevenson (nee Redwood) on January 25, 2021 at the Centennial Lodge Care Home in Broadview, Saskatchewan.
She was predeceased by her father John (1959), mother Helen (1941), and husband Robert (2017), brother Sonny, sisters Agathe, Olive, Cora, and Emma and granddaughters Carmen and Willene.
She is survived by her sister, Joyce (Doyle) Hiatt of Rathdrum, Idaho, her brother Jubilee, and her three sons, David of Broadview, SK, Wes (Kristy) Stevenson of West Kelowna, BC, and Greg (Brenda) Stevenson of Cowessess, SK., adopted sons E. Dutch Lerat and Donald E. Worme; very special friends Brigg and Chris Judy of Broadview, SK; granddaughters Niki of Nanaimo, BC, Amy of Port Moody, BC, Kara of Belgrade, MT, Molly Jo of Wolfe Point, MT and grandsons, Golden of Regina, SK, and Ryan and Eric Witherly of Los Angeles, CA, and twelve great-grandchildren.
Mom was born on June 26, 1927 on the Cowessess First Nation just north of Broadview, SK. and at the age of 6 she was taken from her home and placed in the Marieval Residential School until the age of 15. She would often laugh and say that her “fondest” memory of her years there was the menu for Friday suppers which the kids called “Belly-Ache Soup.” Any foods left over from the week were thrown into the pot.
Mom married our dad Robert (Bob) in 1950 and in 1955 they moved to Montana where they lived until 1970 when they returned to Regina. Mom took upgrading classes at St. Pats Education Centre when they returned and in 1978, she founded Regina Indian Community Awareness. She served as its Executive Director for many years. Working out of the city-owned Albert-Scott Neighborhood Centre her program provided urban First Nations families with food, clothing, housing and social-related services. This led to developing Silver Sage Housing which continues to provide low-income housing to Regina’s First Nations people.
In 1974, she saw that students in the city core area were going to school without eating. As a young woman Mom felt hunger and never forgot the pain and started feeding them, paying for food from her and her husband’s own funds. In 1979, she started Chili for Children, a program that provides hot nutritious lunches for school children in low-income Regina neighborhoods.
She served as a Senator with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), formerly known as the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. She was also active on the Silver Sage Housing Board, Saskatchewan First Nations Women's Council, and the Regina City Police Indigenous Community Relations.
Mom’s many awards include FSIN Citizen of the Year (1988), Member of the Order of Canada (1994), Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1995), National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Community Development (1999), and an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Regina (1999.) In 2005, the City of Regina honoured Mom by naming a city park after her, the “Theresa Stevenson Park.”
Mom spoke at many different functions and she would always provide her audiences with encouragement by saying, “At one time I was ashamed of my brown skin, ashamed to be an Indian. But today I stand in front of you and I’m very proud to be an Indian woman. Be proud of who you are.”
While we are deeply saddened to say goodbye, but we’re happy that she’ll be re-united with her loved ones who passed before her. The family would like to thank the staff at Centennial Lodge in Broadview where she lived for the last 4 years.
A celebration of life will be planned at a later date because of the Covid-19 protocols. In the meantime a celebration of Mom’s life was live-streamed on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with the link below.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Chili for the Children” at www.chiliforchildren.com or email at email@example.com
Celebration of Life
Saturday, January 30, 2021
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January 30, 2021
Love and will miss you Auntie!!
Curtiss & Laura and Bailey, kailey and Cora
January 30, 2021
My sincere condolences to all of Theresa's family. She was a wonderful lady who cared so much for children. My mother Gladys was a close friend and relative of hers. They must be having a wonderful visit in the afterlife. ❤🙏❤
January 29, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family, I’ve known my dear friend for many years while working with Sask Treaty Indian Women’s Association. She taught me many things but the most important was to pray and ask the Creator to help us in what we do. I alway remember her asking me to pull over on the side of the road and she took my hand and said let’s pray. She was also my dear friend and we had many laughs together. Thank you for sharing your mother with so many. God Bless
January 29, 2021
I remember the time when she started the program for the Children. We went on a drive going to door to door asking for donations of can goods. she will never be forgotten she had a heart of gold, lots love and time to listen .Always did her best to help others .She will be miss from many.
January 27, 2021
Condolences to the family and to all her many, many friends and admirers on behalf of my family and I. The privilege was mine to have known a person as caring and compassionate as she was during my ten year tenure as a Board member of Silver Sage Housing Corp. Her wisdom and guidance were instrumental in shaping the policies of the organization that put children and families first. My family and I, both individually and through our Family Foundation, have been proud to support her benevolent and longstanding project, born out of her compassion and love for young people, Chile For Children. Her work in the community will never be forgotten and she will be missed.
Donald E. Worme, Q.C., IPC