Athena (Nina Bonkerz) Minnie Anne Wilson
August 29, 1989 – February 8, 2022
It is with great sadness that Musqueam announces the passing of Athena (Nina Bonkerz) Minnie Anne Wilson on February 8, 2022. Please send prayers and condolences to the Wilson and Sparrow family during this difficult time.
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 2022 at 10am.
Live stream of the funeral will air on Musqueam’s Facebook page.
Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and restrictions, attendance is limited to immediate family and close friends. Please know that this is a very difficult and unusual process for the family.
Following the service will be a procession through the reserve for community to say goodbyes.
Funeral Service (online)
Saturday, February 12, 2021
Live stream starts at 10:00am
* Please, do not record the live stream *
Handshakes to Athena Wilson’s family
Returns and handshakes to the family can be given during the procession or e-transferred. Please remember to include your name and where the money should be allocated.
Procession: Ushers will follow the procession to accept envelopes on behalf of the family.
In an effort to create an opportunity for Musqueam to partake in funeral services for our loved one during COVID-19, there will be a procession through Musqueam Reserve after the funeral service.
The family invites community to join in this final farewell by lining up at designated spots along the procession route.
The procession starts around 11am from the Musqueam Community Centre and follows this route:
- Travel north along Salish Drive
- Right at 51st Ave
- Left on Hum-Lu-Sum
- Left on Si-Lu Drive
- Right on 51st Ave
- Right on Salish Drive
- Right on Thellaiwhaltun
- Quick left onto Crown Street
- Left on Stautlo Avenue
- Left back onto Salish Drive
- Right onto Musqueam Drive to the cemetery to place flowers
Exact procession timing is announced in the members-only Musqueam Bulletins/News Facebook group.
With the greatest of love and respect,
The Wilson and Sparrow Family
Saying goodbye during Covid-19
Due to the province’s COVID-19 guidelines, please say your farewell from the curbside while remaining at the designated areas. We ask that everyone ensure the safety of the family in mourning by practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask and staying inside if you aren’t feeling well.
COVID-19 has changed the ways we gather. Musqueam Council and Administration acknowledge that this is not ideal, nor is it consistent with the traditional ways we come together to remember loved ones. We understand how difficult this is for community, but we must remain diligent. Musqueam is doing our best to ensure members can still uphold cultural practices while maintaining everyone’s safety.