Niagara Gazette

March 12, 2013

Christopher R. Printup


Niagara Gazette

MANIWAKI, QC —  

It is with the deepest love and sadness that we announce the passing of Christopher R. Printup, who was peacefully called upon by the Creator on March 2, 2013 on the Kitigan-Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, near Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada.
His spirit lives on through his children, Christian G. Printup and Seane d'Argencourt-Printup; and three grandchildren. He is survived by his mother, Anne Meness (Printup) and predeceased by his father, Alvin (Leo) Printup, Jr.; and a grandson, Christian Andrew Printup. He will be deeply missed by his siblings, Richard, Rebecca, Jennifer, Mary Elizabeth, Daniel, Kevin and William.
Born on June 5, 1951, he spent his formative years on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation as well as in Niagara Falls, NY and attended local schools. He was a very proud and stoic US Army Airborne veteran. Chris served two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" and earned a Meritorious Service Medal with Bronze Service Star as well as the Parachutist and Marksman Badges. In the years following his military service he earned multiple University degrees and certificates including a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Laurentian University. He devoted the bulk of his professional life working on behalf of First Nations people in Canada as a Land Rights Analyst and Policy Advisor. Since 2005, he had worked as the Land Rights-Claims Researcher for the Kitigan-Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, diligently focused on reclaiming tribal lands. He was a profound thinker who enjoyed playing the guitar (very loudly), cooking, reading, traveling the world, attending concerts and the outdoors. A prolific researcher, he was a noted authority as a tribal historian who provided invaluable services on behalf of the people and land he loved and fought for. He was fiercely loyal to his family, friends, beliefs and ideals. He truly embodied the Warrior Spirit-Majoshin Shimaganish.
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