It was a somber, yet joyful mood at Spirit Square on Friday night, when dozens of community members joined together to remember the life of Kelly Fraser.
Friends and family lit candles, joined circles, and shared stories of the Juno-nominated singer who took her own life on Christmas Eve.
Many who knew Fraser from her time at NVIT were in attendance, while a sign was passed around for those in attendance to write their well wishes to the family.
After a local elder led the group in an indigenous healing prayer focusing on looking to the north, south, east, west, there was a common theme among those that spoke to the group – one of remembering Fraser for the good she did for her community, as well as bringing to light the trials and pitfalls of the native people.
Though it was in Winnipeg where her life tragically ended, the ceremony certainly proved that she will be missed by the community she called home for a period of her 26 years on earth.