WINNIPEG - Edward Head, a founder and former president of the Manitoba Métis Federation, died this morning. He was 78.
David Chartrand, MMF president, announced Head’s death.
"Senator Head was a great rock in vigorously forwarding Métis issues throughout the homeland," Chartrand said in a prepared statement.
According to an MMF biography, Head had worked as a trapper, diamond driller and guide before becoming involved in Métis politics. Along with Don McIvor, he founded Native Communications Inc.
Head was elected president of the MMF in 1975.
Head was given the title of Senator by the MMF in 2004 for his service to the Métis nation.
An MMF spokesman said that Head had been battling a serious illness for several years.