Elijah Harper has died at the age of 64. Elijah Harper served as both an MP and MLA for Manitoba, and was an honorary chief for life of the Red Sucker Lake First Nation.
Harper reportedly died of heart failure related to complications from diabetes.
His family made a brief statement today: "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. Elijah will also be remembered for bringing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people together to find a spiritual basis for healing and understanding. We will miss him terribly and Love him forever."