January 18, 2021

Wilma Belle, the actor most beloved of playing Elsie Sauce in the North at the age of 60, has died at the age of 83

Indigenous Canadian actor Wilma Belle is best known for her role as Elsie Chase in the CBC series North to 60s, Died December 28 in Calgary. The 83-year-old says his family says he is leaving a tradition of hard work and perseverance.

Belle’s daughters, Lena Rhodes and Stella Belle, said their mother worked in a horticultural center and factories in the early 1990s.

This led to Belly’s 25 years of television, film and drama roles – a pride for her children.

“He had no training in being an actress, but nothing like that, but he knocked it off,” Belle said.

“No one in our family did anything like that, so we were really proud of her … she loved what she did.”

The first character was in the movie Samurai

Born on March 5, 1937, in Saskatchewan Castle, Guelph, Wilma Episcene was a member of the Belly Muscovite Southex First Nation.

When she was four, Belly Saskin was taken to a boarding school in LeBron. He lived there for 12 years, suffered cruelty, his daughters said.

“They caught her young, very young,” Rhodes said. “You know, she had a hard life … but she was diligent.”

Belly Muscovite was a member of the first nation of the Saltaux. (Submitted by Lena Rhodes)

In the mid-1950s, Belle met her fianc, James Edward Belle. He followed him to Calgary and worked in factories until he injured his hand in an industrial accident.

During his retirement, he found additional searches for a 1990 samurai film in a newspaper Between heaven and earth.

The background role in the film was Belly’s first attempt at acting, and in 1995 his career expanded to include episodes of television series. Children of the dust With Sidney Poitier; 2005 short series produced by Steven Spielberg Westward; And the second season of the FX series Barco.

But her most recognizable role in Canada – and the most popular face in its tribal communities – came in 1992.

Character written for her

When Belly auditioned – when she finally landed – Elsie Saw’s role North to 60s, A Canadian play on the Lynx River, a fictional city in the Northwest Territories, he lived in a character that resonated greatly with its audience.

Elsie was a very respectable elder and he could relate his denial to mere appearance, Rhodes said.

Belle had said that the character was written for him because Elsie had a connection to her family and tribal culture.

Still from Wilma Belle from the CBC news story about the North in the 60s. (CBC)

“[Mom] They always said that because they asked me to pick the roots and crush the berries and take care of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the show, ”Rhodes said.

“She had a few words, but the words she spoke were always set with a lot of people and seen by a lot of people.”

Legendary number in tribal communities

According to Rose, Belle was always shocked, Rhodes said, and was amazed by the constant kindness and sweetness of those who saw the show.

But Elsie was a character who seemed to tap into something important to people.

“I think a lot of the audience is related to my mom,” Rhodes said. “I hope a lot of people associated with her were like her cuckoo. They learned all of her teachings on the show.” Kugam is the Cree word of the grandmother.

Rhodes said it was a meaningful part of his legacy that Belle would become a celebrity among tribal communities across Canada.

“I can’t speak for everyone, but what it means to me to see my mom on screen is that there are always people out there who have given other countries and other people a chance,” Rhodes said.

“My mom always believed that time was important. At the right time she got down to business and the right people recognized her talent.”

Last film in post production

When Belly Didn’t Act – Her Last Film, Do not say its name, Is currently in post-production – he was delighted to fulfill the relationship with his family, his daughters said.

They want him to be remembered as a champion traditional dancer, even if he only wins first place once.

“She was a great mom and a great wife and a super cog,” Rhodes said. “‘Believe in yourself,’ she always told us … she raised us right.”

Combining health factors led to Belly’s death. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, seven grandchildren and more than 24 grandchildren, Belle said.

He was predicted by his son Lionel Episcene.

“I know a lot of people are going to miss her,” Rhodes said.

“With this COVID-19 history, we’m going to celebrate life for my mom – and that includes a circle dance [the] The year of his journey with the Creator. “

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