Honoring Marge Friedel

It is with sad hearts that we notify the students and staff at the University of Alberta that our beautiful Elder, Marge passed away on Tuesday September 6, 2011.

Marge Friedel was born at Lac Ste. Anne and was a very proud Métis woman. She is a mother of four children, a grandmother and great grandmother. She has long been a strong voice for the Aboriginal community in Edmonton and in Alberta, and has been involved with the University of Alberta for many years. She was a member of Métis Nation of Alberta Elders Council, as well as a founding Elder of Amiskwaciy Academy. Marge was actively involved within the Aboriginal community and always expressed her passion for higher Education for Aboriginal people.

Marge truly liked being in the centre visiting and supporting our Aboriginal students every Wednesday (she never missed a day), because she was so passionate about education and making sure that the students stayed focused on their academic journey while maintaining balance in their lives. She looked forward to welcoming our new students to campus during orientation and to being present on stage to honor our students during the convocation honoring ceremonies.

Our condolences to her wonderful family, Amiskwaciy Academy, and to all of her friends from near and far.

Dear Marge, 

You were such an integral member of the ASSC team, your guidance, passion, knowledge, presence and laughter will be dearly missed within these walls and across campus. We are so thankful and blessed to have known you. We thank you Marge for your love, your honesty, your pride, your wisdom, your patience, your cute stories, your passion, your bannock (smile), your  teachings, and your amazing spirit that touched us all.  It is hard to move forward in this new academic year without you but I know you would want us to move forward with a positive outlook and be ready for our students. So we will do just that and continue on in the work that you loved so much, holding your teachings and love close to our hearts. 
We love you Marge,
Your ladies at ASSC

The family will undertake the establishment of an academic scholarship in Marge’s name. Family and friends who so desire may make cheques payable to the University of Alberta and please include an accompanying note stating that this gift is to be directed to the Marge Friedel Award Fund. Address for mailing is: University of Alberta, Office of the Recording Secretary, 3rd Floor Enterprise Square, 3-501, 10230 Jasper Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4P6.