Walter Slipchenko passed away suddenly of arrhythmia in his home at the age of 82.
He was pre-deceased by his father Ivan (1903 to 1972), his mother Anna (1907 to 1968) and his wife Olga Slipchenko (nee Sheremeta 1935-2011). He is survived by his son Andrew and several cousins.
Walter was born in Winnipeg in 1934 and grew up in that city.
He attended the Canadian Military College at Royal Roads, Victoria, BC, and the Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston, ON, becoming an officer in the Royal Canadian Engineers.
Upon leaving the military, he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Arts in 1966 before joining the federal public service in Ottawa.
Walter had a distinguished career in the public service focused on Aboriginal Affairs and Canada’s circumpolar relations.
He was instrumental in developing Canada’s cooperation initiatives with other Circumpolar States, and nurturing agreements with Russia on the Arctic, for which he was publicly recognized.
He will be remembered by Aboriginal Peoples throughout the circumpolar world for his unwavering support, and by colleagues who benefited from his guidance and leadership.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any research dealing with Neuropathy will be greatly acknowledged by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Marsden and MacLaughlin Funeral home, Iroquois.