Remembering Lottie Keye

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a true champion of the Cayuga language, Lottie Keye, who passed away on December 25, 2017.

Lottie received an Indspire Guiding the Journey Indigenous Educator Life-time Achievement Award in 2013 for her years of dedication to the revitalization and preservation of the Cayuga language.

She taught language, culture and tradition to multiple generations through sharing her own experiences, stories and Indigenous knowledge. She was the first teacher of the Gawinehii:yo immersion school system as well as one of the co-authors of the first Cayuga language dictionary.

She was an active member of the Six Nations community and sat on numerous boards throughout her lifetime.

At Indspire, we were honoured to have known this champion of First Nations’ language and wisdom keeper from Six Nations. She left all Indigenous educators a rich legacy.

2013 Guiding the Journey Indigenous Educator Awards, Calgary, Alberta. From left to right, David Johnston, Lottie Keye, Roberta Jamieson.