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Christopher Esquash

July 2, 2023


Christopher Louie Esquash

“Kabe day dung”

(Rumbling Thunder)

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Christopher Esquash, on July 2, 2023 at the age of 42 years.

He is survived by his mother Yvonne, his children, Brydon, Joziah, Cruz and Quill, his grandson Braxton; siblings Nicholas, Cheyenne (Roddy) and Melissa (Scott); his nephews Kimadden, Odon, Hurricane, Silven, Leland, Aven, Rowan, and niece Sydney; his aunts and uncles, Charlotte, Gerry (Linda), Jim, and Jim M. He was predeceased by his father Elvis.

Chris was born August 31, 1980, in Belcourt, North Dakota. Throughout his short journey her on earth, he touched the lives of many people with his laughter, his singing, his jokes, he had a sense of humor like no other. He had a passion for singing, at powwows, ceremonies, karaoke, in the shower, pretty much any chance he got he would sing. He was introduced to the drum and singing at a young age by his late father Elvis and grandpa Joe and many significant others that travelled with him during the powwow season and Sundance season throughout the years.

Chris enjoyed Bae’s Tae Kwon Do in his younger years he went on to gain his star student title and compete in full contact tournaments. He also got the opportunity to be in commercials, in a movie and modeled a little bit. Chris was a powwow singer at heart, he had the most unique voice, especially when he took the lead.

He had many passions and skills, things he was good at, things he taught himself overall what he truly loved most was his four sons, who he referred to as his “champions” when he was around them, he was content and truly happy.

Chris will be missed dearly, and he will always be remembered as that good powwow singer

Memorial Service will be held at the St. Kateri Parish, 265 Flora Avenue, Winnipeg, on Wednesday July 19, 2023 from 11am -2 p.m. A Traditional Wake will be held at the Swan Lake Cultural Centre on July 19, 2023 at 4 p.m.   A Traditional Funeral Service and Feast will be held on Thursday July 20, 2023 at 12 p.m. followed by burial in the Mariapolis Parish Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Tim Esquash, Wab Kinew, John Kent, Scott Parisien, Kimadden Esquash and Silven Esquash

Honorary Pallbearers: Leland Esquash, Odon Esquash, Joziah Dano, Aven Esquash and Sydney Esquash

Officiants: Sherryl Blacksmith and Michael Esquash

Adam’s Funeral Home of Notre Dame de Lourdes, Manitoba in care of arrangements.  Phone 204-248-2201.  To view the service details and leave condolences, please visit

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Memorial Gathering
July 19, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Kateri Catholic Church
265 Flora Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2R2

July 19, 2023

4:00 PM
SLFN Cultural Centre
Swan Lake First Nation
Swan Lake, MB R0G 2S0

Funeral Service
July 20, 2023

Time: TBD
SLFN Cultural Centre
Swan Lake First Nation
Swan Lake, MB R0G 2S0


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