It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of Stephen Walsh on Wednesday, July 28, 2021.
Steve is survived by his brother Brian, sister Sue, brother-in-law David, nephews; Ben, Brian (Allison), John (Emilyn) and Adam, niece Lindsay, and grandnieces, Jane and Bella.
Steve visited the Yukon in 1978, as a young man, and he immediately knew it was home. His first job was as a speechwriter for the Council of Yukon First Nations, through which he gained a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, First Nations’ issues. That propelled him to become a lawyer specializing in aboriginal law. After articling with Thomas Berger, Steve returned to the Yukon, and spent his life fighting passionately for First Nations’ right to self governance.
Steve was intelligent, with an insatiable curiosity. He was a deep learner. He had a priceless sense of humour. And he loved the Yukon’s rivers and remote wilderness, books of every kind, good food, and expensive cigars.
He will be missed by the Pizza Night Gang, members of the Kaska Dena Council and Ross River Dena Council, colleagues in the legal community, fellow members of AA, his family and his loyal dog, Flora.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hootalinqua Fire Hall, Saturday, September 25th, 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m.
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