Dave Canadian's Recovery Fund

$7,665 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 6 months
Created January 25, 2018
For the past three years Dave Canadian has been chronically ill.  He has pulmonary hypertension with scleroderma that has progressed to the point where he needs a double lung transplant. 

Dave's wife Margie has taken on the role of full-time caregiver.  The very expensive medicine and treatments were not all covered by Indian Affairs  and have eaten the family's savings.  

Right now Dave is in a hospital in Montreal waiting for a life-saving operation.  The operation has  risks and there is the potential for Dave to have a long recovery period.  He will not be able to work during recovery and does not have any benefits or coverage. 

The family is unsure how long recovery will last or how long he will be required to stay in the hospital.  

The funds raised through this campaign will go towards helping Dave and his family on his road to recovery.


David Kenneth Canadian is the husband of Margie and father of Tiawentinon, Kenneth, and Joel.

During his tenure as Head Wrestling Coach, Dave led the Kahnawake Survival School Wrestling Team to seventeen straight Greater Montreal Athletic Association (GMAA) Championships, leaving an unbeaten legacy. 


In his thirty year coaching career he took on the task of teaching two generations of our community's youth in the sport of wrestling.  In addition to teaching wrestling moves and strategy, Dave trained Kahnawake's boys and girls in fitness and nutrition; he shaped a number of high caliber athletes. He led the K.S.S. Wrestling Team into victory and taught them how to be champions.  

If you were a wrestler or had family or children who were wrestlers then you understand the impact a good coach can have on a teen.

Can you imagine all the volunteer hours, the blood, sweat and tears Dave has given to our community and his athletes for the past thirty years?

For nearly three decades, Dave's life was made up of constant fundraising, travelling to tournaments, hosting wrestling meets and leading thousands of hours of grueling practice. Upon his retirement from coaching, Dave remained involved with the team in a mentorship capacity. 

Dave went through the long process of becoming certified so he could coach at the Canada Games in order to take care of any Kahnawa’kehró:non competing. He's lead many of our local youth to compete at a national level.

Dave has also been involved with the North American Indigenous Games since the very beginning. Initially as as a wrestling coach, then as assistant Chef de Mission, Chef de Mission and and eventually President of the North American Indigenous Games Council Board of Directors, he took care of Kahnawake's youth as well as youth from all over Quebec.  During the last Indigenous Games in Toronto, Ontario Dave was honoured for his decades of involvement with the Games.   

Dave has given back to our community in more ways than one.  As a warrior, he stood up for our rights when they were threatened by the outside government. He raised three children and taught them the importance of giving back to the community.  And he has always done what he could to help a friend. That is who Dave is, generous and always willing to lend a hand.

In his time of need, we ask the community to return the favour; to help the man who has dedicated his life to helping us. 

Niawenhkó:wa on behalf of the Friends and Family of Dave Canadian.
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Hello everyone,
As some of you may know, my father Dave Canadian passed away in the early morning of June 28th, surrounded by his family. Dave suffered a heart attack while undergoing surgery to recieve his new lungs, and unfortunately he was unable to recover from that trauma and left us peacefully three days later. He had spent the better part of the last three years coping with schleroderma and pulmonary hypertension, a disease that robbed him of his strength and his breath.
My family and I have no words to express how grateful we are for the support we recieved from this community. It made my father feel like he had people rooting for him, which lifted his spirits. The monies raised from this campaign were a blessing to our family during my father's most recent hospitalization. Funds that were left over at the time of his death helped with the cost of the funeral.
The services for my father were heartfelt and honorable. As per his wishes, he was carried by his former wrestlers and eulogized by men he truly loved and respected, and he was laid to rest next to his own father in Kahnawake.

Dave Canadian was known throughout the wrestling community as an outstanding coach and leader. To many, he was an outstanding friend. And certainly to myself and my brothers, he was an outstanding father.

The contributions made from this campaign helped my brothers and I honour our beloved father, and helped our mother honour her beloved husband according to what he deserved.
From the bottom of my heart, on behalf of the Canadian family, niawen'kowa, thank you.
- Tiawentinon Canadian
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Dear Friends,

Today I am writing with sad news, our friend the Coach, Dave Canadian passed away early this morning.

He fought valiantly till the end but sadly never awoke from his surgery.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Margie, daughter Tiawentinon, sons Kenneth and Joel, his family, his friends, the hundreds of wrestlers he trained and scores of other community members who will feel his loss.

We wish Dave strength for his journey and appreciate the lessons he taught us all during his time here.

Thank you to all who donated to this fund; every cent is greatly appreciated and needed by his family now more than ever. Nia:wen.

MacKenzie Whyte
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