The Meekis Family of Sandy Lake, Ontario

The Sandy Lake First Nation is dominated by a few key families,
descendents of the founders who came from the Little Crane and Red Sucker clans.
 The five main clans and their surnames are:
 the Suckers (Fiddler, Goodman, Harper),
the Pelicans (Meekis), 
the Cranes (Kakegamic, Kakepetum), 
the Caribou (Linklater, Rae), and the Sturgeon (Mamakeesic) 

Violet Meekis Fiddler came to Gatineau in the summer of 1969, invited by Bobbi Graham to become accustomed to life in "the south" before being sent out to high school in southern Ontario. After graduation, she returned to Sandy Lake to marry Morris Fiddler, from the family that produced Sandy Lake's first chief.

In 1975, Bobbi visited Sandy Lake, met Fraser and Adelaide Meekis and the rest of their large family. As a result of the close connection Bobbi & Adelaide developed, Joe Meekis elected to come to Ottawa for high school, as did Paul, a year later. Both lived for a period of time with Bobbi in Gatineau.

Violet obtained a B.A. in Education and teaches grade 7 in Sandy Lake. Joe is the CEO of the Sandy Lake First Nation, and Paul and his wife completed degrees in the Native Language Teachers Program.

Members of the main clans have intermarried, so similar surnames appear frequently in the family tree. Adelaide was a Goodman.  The oldest daughter, Georgina, was married to Joshim Kakegamick, a famous artist in the Norval Morrisseau tradition, who died in a tragic snowmobile accident. Other notable artists from Sandy Lake include Carl Ray and Rocky Fiddler.

Read an article Bobbi wrote about Sandy Lake HERE
and another about the founding of the Sandy Lake First Nation HERE 

MEEKIS FAMILY TREE

Note: names in parentheses are deceased

The Meekis Family (undated)

The family in 2014

Adelaide on her 80th birthday, September, 2014:
LEFT: with "the gals": Violet, Charity, NoraJane, Donna, Evelyn, Georgina
RIGHT: with "the boys"


            (Fraser) & (Adelaide) Meekis

We're very sad to have to announce the death of Adelaide Meekis on December 23, 2015.
Some favorite photos of her are at the bottom of this page.

Georgina & (Joshim) Kakegamic:
           Robbie & Annabelle Kakegamic
                  Jordan
                       2 children                                       
                  Janna
                  Jaden
          Josh
                  Tyler
                  Tristen 
                  Harmony 
          
          Roberta Machimity
                  Trinity
                  Clark
         Stephany Machimity
                  Dre
                  Drake 
                  Drury
                  Reagan

Violet & Morris Fiddler:
        Peter
                  Gunther
                          Serenity
                  Brennen & Jenna
                           Zendaya Adley Gott
                  Schenley
                          Tonya
        Adrian & Loretta 
                  Kordell Eagle Scotty
                  Kade Trenton Allan
                  Rhea Koralee Violet Rose
                  Reyna Latisha Angie  
                  Raylee Brittney Tiana 
                  Kastle (given to Loretta's brother)
                  Fred 

Evelyn & Gordon Tait: 
        Oliver & Ann
                 Tobey
                         Sadie
                 Dave
        Gordon Casey Jr. 
                William
                Tommy
                       Taidon
                       Jayden
                       Renaiya
                       Tom Jr.
                Shairose
                Teonna
         Chastity 
                Jewel
                Marcel
                Lincoln Desmond
                Cherisse Glenna Pearl Loon

Joe & Emily:  
        (Roland)
               Tamika
        Darryl
               Tamara
                      Rose Marie  
                Hailey & Avery (twins)
                Kato Colin
        Derrick
        Candice
        Jemima
               Pierre Beardy
               Isaac Beardy

Paul & Mary:  
         Leslie & Nash Crowe
               Darien
               Wyette
               Ava
               Cheyenne
               Kaiya 
               Romaniuk
        Lindsay
              Kolton
              Aaliyah Hope Adelaide              
        Jay
              Tiarra 
              Briere
              Mailka 
        Sagabun
               Islynn RedCloud   
                     

 Norris & Nida
         Kevin (Kevo)
              Bure
              Addison
              Scarlette Arissa
         Kirk
         Pierce
              Truxton
              Quinn
         Kirsten             

Nora Jane:
         Angelina
              Gabriel Kakepetum
              Mervin Meekis
              Phoenix
         Jared Meekis
              Rozlyn-Jaye
              Jazzlyn
         Scott Meekis
              Hawkins
              Lincoln
              Cherisse Glenna Pearl Loon 
              Scott Elias Daniel 

 Donna Marie Brunton: 
        Terilynn & Brandon Goodman
              Malakai
              Matthias
              Matthew 
        Randall
              Hayden
              Zoey
              Tyler               
        Dylan
        Taylor
        Eden Mawakeesic

(Delilah) & (Roger):
        Miriam
              Titus
        Richan & Mark Fiddler
              Lammar
              Bryce
              Otis
              Fredrick 

Fraser:
        Adrian
        Luke
              Farrah
              Luke Jr.
        Brayden
        Kurt
        Trenton
        Zachary
        (Brody, died, age 4, in 2014)
        Miss Makara
        Makenna

Charlie & Heather:
         Leta
         Adelaide
         Kaleb 

Elton  & Sharon
         Kaitlyn
                 Memphis
                 Isaiah
         Misty
         Brent
         Everett
         Jakob

Stephanie Charity
          Ishmael Thistle
                 Sophia Christina Marie 
         Owen Thistle
         Jonathan Fiddler
         


Adelaide's parents: Titus and Mary Goodman

Adelaide's sister, Kanina Leah Goodman Vinson, lives in Prince George, British Columbia.

Another old photo of some of the Meekis kids. I'm guessing this was in the early 1970s, and the kids are, from oldest (right) to youngest, Joe, Paul, Norris, Nora Jane, Delilah, Fraser and Oliver. 

Sharing a laugh with family members.

Cooking outside.


    Adelaide Meekis, above & below

Morris & Violet Fiddler, with their first
great-grandchild, Serenity.

Joe & Emily at home in Sandy Lake

Joe with Pierre, son of his daughter Jemima.

Paul's graduation photo.

Two of Paul & Mary's grand-daughters:
              Kaiya and Mailka

Fraser and his kids with Adelaide.

Stephanie Charity with Adelaide, 2014

Nora Jane and Scott at his graduation.

Peter in his Pow-Wow regalia

Violet and Peter, spring 2015

Adelaide with her newest great-great-grandchild,
Jonathan Thistle. 

Sitting on the ground near her house.

This is the moosehide vest that Adelaide made for me after I visited Sandy Lake in 1975.

It's hard to see the detail, but everything is hand-stitched, with moosehide laces holding bordering all edges and the fringe.

It's a precious item that I've displayed in my home for many years, rather than storing it when I'm not wearing it.