A Tribute to Chief Peter Powder

On May 6th, 2023, we sadly said goodbye to a loving father, a caring brother, a fun-loving uncle, a wonderful friend, a passionate community member, a steward of his traditional lands, a hard worker, an advocate for the wellbeing of the youth, and a strong leader who lead with his gift of kindness.

Chief Peter Powder was called home to the spirit world to be with the ancestors and to watch over those he loved so dearly.

Chief Powder was devoted to his children, his grandchildren, his siblings, his family, and his community. He was a wonderful friend to many. If you ever came across him, you were sure to have a smile on your face.

The time Chief Powder spent here with us was time well spent. He volunteered on many boards in the community including Wood Buffalo Native Youth Hockey Club, United Way and Mah, Not In Chip Campaign. He had a love for fast pitch and slow pitch, with happy memories left around the ball field. Happy memories were also left around the rink because of his love for hockey. He loved watching and playing any sports he could.


Building on his love of sport, Chief Powder offered his time and skills coaching youth to foster their passion for sport and wellness, too. Many of his proudest moments were raising his family and watching his children take part in the sports they played or organized. He was a very devoted and loving dad and grandpa.

Chief Powder will be missed for his kind, genuine and fun-loving spirit. He had an amazing sense of humour and reminded others to see the bright side. He led with the utmost kindness, fairness, and honesty, and stayed true to those he cared for in times of great need. We know his legacy will live on through his children, grandchildren, friends, and community, and through the countless good memories we all will continue to share.

We were blessed to know such a great human being.

Chief Peter Powder
March 22, 1961 – May 6, 2023


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