Shaun Hedican Death – Shaun Hedican, a member of the Loon Clan and The Eabametoong First Nation has passed away. Artist Shaun Hedican died on Friday afternoon, at Hamilton General Hospital surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with cancer called lymphoma. He was a brilliant artist and the art community, especially in Thunder Bay, is also mourning. Thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this difficult time.
About Shaun Hedican
Shaun Hedican was a part of the Loon Clan and the Eabametoong First Nation. (It is 300 km northeast of Thunder Bay). Mary-Ann Cheesequay and Edward Hedican had him. His cultural identity began to take shape when he was young when his mother got involved in the revival of Aboriginal activism, culture, and faith in the Aboriginal community.
Shaun spent most of his time away from school going to Elders’ Conferences, ceremonies, and other traditional events all over Ontario. He learned about the ideas, rituals, and beliefs of his People. In 2009, Shaun moved there. He has had trouble living up to the Ojibway ideal while living in a modern city. Because of this change, he had to look for other important cultural activities. He started painting as a way to express himself.
Shaun’s drawing style came from what he learned from pictographs, birch bark scrolls, beadwork, and other traditional forms of art. Shaun says that Elders like Arthur Solomon helped him grow as a person and gave him the information that would later show up in his paintings. Shaun’s art has also been influenced by his grandma Margaret Hedican’s paintings and her stories about Norval Morrisseau.
Shaun Hedican GoFundMe
A GoFundMe page has been established by Maya Hedican, a resident of Guelph, Ontario. According to Hedican, the money raised through this effort will go to the family to help with the funeral expenses. The page “In Memory of Shaun Hedican” has raised $11,746 CAD of the $50,000 goal.
“If you wish to support us in providing for Shaun’s daughters in their bright future ahead of them, we thank you in advance. We also thank you for the kind words and love we have received already as we mourn the loss of such a great man. We hope to have a public memorial for Shaun at a later date this year.”
The family will release an obituary and funeral arrangements for Shaun Hedican.
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