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Colleen Musqua passed away peacefully at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. Colleen was born in Kamsack, SK and raised on Keeseekoose First Nation, Whitehorse, Yukon and Saskatoon, SK. Colleen had a strong passion for helping children. Her first after school job at the age of 13 was at a day care in Whitehorse, Yukon. She graduated from the First Nations University of Canada with her Bachelor of Indian Social Work in 2004. Her career took her many places; Yorkton Tribal Council, Kahnaweyimik ICFS, Xyolhemeylh Child Family Services, BC, North Battleford Group Home, Saskatoon ICFS Agency and lastly Yorkton Tribal Council ICFS Agency as a Supervisor for the North-Sub office. Colleen made many friends along her career path and always talked proudly about her staff and had many funny stories to share. In her spare time she enjoyed travelling throughout the United States (especially Las Vegas). She eventually planned to become a snowbird. She also enjoyed camping, watching old romantic movies and reading novels. Colleen's most cherished times where spent with her granddaughter Shelby and her sons Christopher and Keegan. Colleen leaves to cherish many fond memories: her parents Daniel and Thelma Musqua, sons Christopher Burke and Keegan Burke, sisters Diane (Joe) Musqua, Pamela Musqua, Bonnie (Curtis) Musqua, Ruby (Wallace) Fiddler, Marjorie Quewezance, Rita Grace (Delmar) Quewezance, Sandy (Mike) Tourangeau, brothers; Alvin (Freda) Musqua, Daniel Musqua, Patrick Musqua, Wray (Amanda) Musqua, Warren (Mona) Musqua, Danny Quewezance and her granddaughter Shelby. Colleen is predeceased by her brother Lynn Musqua, sisters Alma Quewezance, Shirley Ann Musqua and Cynthia Musqua, grandparents Roy and Nellie Musqua, Scotty and Lucy Seaton. The family would like to thank the many family and friends who came and sat at her bedside and visited with her, Cote and Keeseekoose Chief and Council for all the support, and Yorkton Tribal Council Child and Family Services. Wake at Cote First Nation on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 and Mass on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at St. Philips Roman Catholic Church at Keeseekoose First Nation.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 22, 2012