It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of Sophie H. Bosum, a mother, a grandmother, a community member and a friend to many.
Sophie will be remembered not only as the former First Lady of the Cree Nation but also for her many accomplishments throughout her career, both at the local and regional level. Sophie will be remembered for her contribution and incessant efforts for the advancement of Cree women, and was an incredible advocate for her fellow Indian Residential Schools survivors.
Dr. Abel Bosum has played a key role in negotiating agreements and pushing important files for his community, the CBHSSJB and the Cree Nation on different government tables for four decades, and Sophie was a source of great strength in his work and his greatest support. We, the CBHSSJB acknowledge that.
The Chief Negotiator of the CBHSSJB is a demanding task and we understood Dr. Bosum’s priority was to be with his wife Sophie. We will always remember her as a kind-hearted and pragmatic woman. The way she carried herself with dignity even through hardships inspired many young Cree women in our communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and employees of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay, we extend our heartfelt condolences to her husband, Dr. Abel Bosum, and his family. We stand in support of the Bosum family during this difficult time and all families who have recently faced the losses of loved ones.
We keep Dr. Abel Bosum and his family in our thoughts and prayers. May the Creator grant the family courage and strength in the days ahead.
Chishamintû chikâ shûwemûkwow.