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Cachagee recalls when they were 13 or 14 "they came in and told him his mother had passed away." There was no way to leave and "there was no real mourning. I remember him dealing with that. . . . You can't even connect with your family to mourn."

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By that time, Yesno had taken up the radio microphone, hosting and producing CBC radio's Indian Magazine, the first Canadian radio program about aboriginals. That evolved into Our Native Land, and later Yesno expanded to the TV newsmagazine Take 30, eventually moving beyond native stories.

Indian Dancing Championship, in 1963, and taking an increasing interest in acting.

He was recognized with the Order of Canada in 1976 and as director of the Chiefs of Ontario met Queen Elizabeth II shortly after.

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The call came later that year when he was tagged to star in a Disney movie about a ranch foreman who befriends a bear. King of the Grizzlies filmed over two years in the Rocky Mountains and was finally released in 1970.

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His success is even more remarkable in light of the obstacles he had to surmount. He first distinguished himself in the local press as a Grade 12 student awarded one of just 12 academic scholarships in Canada.

Yesno worked for the provincial government for much of his later life, as a government First Nations liaison starting in 1988 and in 1997 moving back to Sault Ste. Marie as an aboriginal adviser for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. He retired in 2002.

In a 1969 correspondence with The Sault Star, the 30 year old recently divorced Yesno wrote of "rather mixed" feelings about his years in the Sault.

"First of all, life at the Shingwauk home was not all that rosy, friendly and comfortable as it purported to be," he said. "Indian children have very little choice when it comes to quality education. . . . Indian residential schools emphasize religion, which in all fairness has its own time and place."

In a 1998 profile in The Sault Star, Yesno said he had always striven to break free of "these stereotypes, these barriers," whether in front of the camera, behind a microphone or behind a desk. He recalled in particular some of the criticism he received from the First Nations community for "hanging out our dirty laundry, but that's what a spokesman does. . . . You have to work from the inside out. It's very difficult to know something down from the outside you have to get in and break those barriers."

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Whether he was starring in a Walt Disney feature film, accepting an acting prize at the Monte Carlo Film Festival, accepting the Order of Canada or meeting the Queen, in many ways Johnny Yesno always remained the boy that Mike Cachagee grew up with at Shingwauk residential school.

´╗┐Johnny Yesno

The 1970s saw Yesno becoming more vocal about the plight of First Nations people, at one point even complaining that his employer, the CBC, was out of touch and failed to present an accurate picture of them.

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"The way he died was his style. He was an extroverted person, very outgoing but in other aspects. . . he was kind of reclusive in some sense."

The next few years found him found him winning the North American New Balance Men's 373 Shoe - Black/Red

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A former classmate of theirs phoned Cachagee Saturday to tell him pioneering Canadian actor, broadcaster and adviser had died in Sault Ste. Marie. Though he had been diagnosed with diabetes New Balance 996v2 Amazon several years ago, nobody had any idea he was ill.

probably end up on the welfare list."

In 1966, he made his debut in the premiere episode of Wojeck, the groundbreaking Canadian series, portraying an Ojibway man just off the reserve who ends up killing himself in jail. The role earned him an acting award at that year's Monte Carlo Film Festival.

The eldest of 11 children, he was born in 1938 at Eabametoong Lake (Fort Hope) First Nation along the Albany River. He was shipped at age five to the Pelican residential school near Sioux Lookout, Ont., and at age nine to Shingwauk.

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"I slept beside him in the same dorm for four years. He was like a brother to me," said Cachagee, director of the Sault Ste. Marie based National Residential School Survivors Society.

Obediah (Johnny) Yesno was 71. A funeral service took place Wednesday in Thunder Bay, where much of his family lives.

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But the path wasn't always a smooth one. By 1967, a frank Yesno said his life "reminds me of that damn film I made" he was broke and looking for any work at all.

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Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy was there to honour his legacy as First Nation actor, orator and residential school survivor who "educated society" at a time of the Lone Ranger and Tonto about not stereotyping First nation people. "Yesno blazed a lot of trails for us," Beardy said.

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