Remembering Honourary Chief Cece Hodgson McCauley
President of the Norman Wells Land Corporation, founding Chief of the Inuvik Dene Band, and very first woman chief among the 23 chiefs of the Northwest Territories, Cece Hodgson McCauley was a force to be reckoned with. A fierce and at times controversial advocate for her people, Cece was not afraid to speak her mind and encouraged our young people to do the same.
Last March, Indspire had the honour of presenting Cece with the 2017 Indspire Award for Politics in Ottawa, Ontario. During the show, the theatre erupted at the end of Cece’s previously-recorded interview segment, when she said “I don’t know… I think the government don’t like me, but it’s too darn bad! I’m working for the people.” A testament to the way Cece could be unabashedly true to herself in front of any audience.
On Sunday, March 11, 2018, the beloved Elder and community leader, Honourary Chief Cece Hodgson McCauley went on her journey. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to honour Cece for her many achievements in her lifetime and to acknowledge her legacy in front of Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
Thank you, Cece, for allowing us to share your story so that your legacy can continue to inspire Indigenous youth and all Canadians. Our hearts go out to Honourary Chief Cece Hodgson McCauley’s family and friends.