Lawrence Smith, an elder on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, passed away October 28, 2015. He was a remarkable and cheerful person and a great friend to NOCI and Debwendon. He worked with NOCI from 1998 to 2005 to get a large portion of the Brokenhead Wetlands protected as an ecological reserve. Lawrence was very encouraging throughout and generous in sharing his knowledge of native plant species and the Ojibway culture with us. He was an original member of the Debwendon Inc. board of directors and lived to see the boardwalk completed using many of his suggestions for the interpretive trail route and points of interest. He also suggested the name, “Debwendon” which means “trust” in Ojibway. His children helped with this work and his son, Carl Smith, is the chairperson of Debwendon Inc. today. His obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press Passages may be found here.