The Canadian PressMay 17, 2013 13:03
WINNIPEG - Elijah Harper, the Cree politician who inspired Canadian aboriginals by blocking the Meech Lake constitutional accord while clutching an eagle feather in the Manitoba legislature, has died.
Harper's family said he died Friday morning in an Ottawa hospital of cardiac failure due to diabetes complications.
He was 64.
"Elijah was a wonderful man, father, partner," the family said in a statement. "He will have a place in Canadian history forever for his devotion to public service and uniting his fellow First Nations with pride, determination and resolve."