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Happy 100th Birthday to Caroline Yellowknee

July 4th, 2018

Caroline Yellowknee was all smiles as the Points West Living Slave Lake community gathered to honour her on her 100th birthday. It was a decidedly low key event compared to the party thrown by her family in her home community of Wabasca.

Member of Bigstone Cree Nation

Caroline was born June 13, 1918 at Chipewyan Lake to Fred Alook and Sophia Noskiye. She is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Wabasca, and as a young girl lived for nine years at the St. John Anglican mission. She says she loved to cook, bake and sew, and when she was 20 years old, she married Tommy Yellowknee.

One big family!

They had twelve children, who in turn gave them 74 grandchildren, 198 great-grandchildren, 136 great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild! It’s no wonder the Wabasca community hall was packed with well-wishers when family members brought her up from Slave Lake for her birthday.

She especially likes bingo

Caroline moved in to PWL Slave Lake in October 2016, and has become a treasured member of the community. “Caroline loves all of the events at Points West, games, painting, baking, and watching movies,” says recreation coordinator Mailyn Fornoles, “but she especially likes Bingo! She is such a nice, happy person. She loves to be with others and is friendly. Every time I talk to her she gives me a smile.”

Photo: Caroline Rose Yellowknee celebrates her 100th birthday at Points West Living Slave Lake; a low key celebration compared with the party she enjoyed in her home community of Wabasca. 

More photos at Flickr: Happy 100th Birthday to Caroline Yellowknee

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