At birth he received his traditional name Theni ghe goi (Lone Walker) and then named Harvey Francis Scanie Sr.
Harvey was born out on the land in Cold Lake Indian Reserve on May 7, 1951 and he lived life as he was born, out on the land, and from the land.
He is survived by his wife: Myrna Scanie (Fraser); sons: Alan (Rodena) Scanie, Harvey Jr. Scanie, David Scanie; daughters: Peggy Scanie, Tricia (Conrad) Metchewais, Tina (Kelsey) Scanie, Melinda Fraser.
Harvey took many friends to heart and accepted them as family (brother, sister, child, grandchild, niece, nephew or cousins). To Harvey, family was what made his world go around, he will be greatly missed by his 23 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; his siblings: Joe, George, Chris and Marie, Kathleen, Donna and Ron Lamont, Jenny and Brown, Arlene and Norman Stuart; his Godmother: Melanie Matchatis.
Harvey is welcomed into the arms of his parents: Scholastique & Dominic Scanie; Grandparents: Harry & Mary Janvier, Teddy and Corrina Scanie; many brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews.
Harvey left us with a legacy of traditional teachings and wisdom. He was a man of infinite knowledge and passion for returning to a traditional life and living with the land and just not on it. He was a spiritual man that had many beliefs, whether they are Christian or Traditional he believed that they all are connected under one Creator and deserved equality and coexistence. He treated everyone of all races, creed, or color equally and excepted a person based upon ones personal worth. If he loved you, you weren't just treated like family, you WERE family. His Dene upbringing taught him to be accepting and inviting to all guests in his home, he would feed you, shelter you, and make you feel welcome. His one true love is children, he believed in the traditional teaching the children are always first, first to be cared for, first to be nurtured, the first to be comforted, and first and foremost the first to be protected. He opened his doors to offer protection to any child that needed and asked for his protection, he took many children under his wing and encouraged and taught them to soar on their own. He prayed and encouraged health and healing for all those that needed and asked for healing. He was a simple man but a complex soul. Mahsi Cho
Harvey returned to his home at 2107 English Bay Road, Cold Lake First Nations, on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 6:00pm. Final Farewell Ceremony was held at his home on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. As per his request, Harvey will be cremated with his ashes to spread at a later date.
Pallbearers: Alan Scanie, David Scanie, Kelsey Jackco, Harvey Scanie Jr., Tyrone Baron, Matthews Alook, Tristan Scanie, Justin ohnson-Scanie, Elijah Scanie, Tyrell Scanie, Joshua Deranger-Scanie, Dalton Friesian; Honorary Pall Bearers: adoptive children, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends that have brought enrichment to Harvey's life.
~Respectfully submitted by the Family
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