It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of our Mom.
Satenia, gained her angel wings peacefully on Tuesday May 9th, 2023 at Niagara Health Hospital with her family by her side in her 54th year.
Satenia Zimmermann was the first generation Canadian of German descent. She was a PhD candidate in the faculty of Natural Resources Management at Lakehead University and holds a M.A. in Sociology, a HBA in Sociology and a HBA in Women's Studies, from Lakehead University. She had been a life-long advocate for the rights and empowerment of Indigenous peoples, women and children. Having grown up alongside the Six Nations Reserve in southern Ontario, she saw firsthand the inequalities and racism Indigenous peoples encountered in their daily lives. Her belief that education was key to overcoming the many biased non-Indigenous people have been taught has been a determining factor throughout her academic career. Satenia's current research focused on on the impact of sustainable forest management, in particular the role of free prior and informed consent (FPIC) as outline in the United Nations Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, on the variability of First Nation communities in northern Ontario. Examining the experiences of First Nation communities with both federal and provincial governments, industry representatives an environmental non-government organizations. Her areas of interest included Aboriginal rights, Aboriginal Law, and natural resource development in northern Canada.
Satenia worked hard and in 2022 had completed a charpter in a puslished book through the University Of Alberta offering insights into how rural communites are created, maintanined and challenged 'The Right to be Rural ' chapter 12, Defining Indiguneous Citizenship which she was so proud about.
Loved mother to Ashlynn, Anastasia and son Domenico. Cherished MeMaw to Emma and Amy, Mim and best friend to Jaxon. Loving sister to Jimmy/James and Scoot/Vanessa (Graham). Cherished Aunt of Danielle (Ryan), Dylan (Rachelle), Darren (Holly), and Deanna (Cam). Beloved great-aunt of Leila, Paisley, Landon, Olivia, Sophia, Daisy, and Hazel. Predeceased by her parents Heinz Werner Zimmermann and Linda Marie Moore.
As requested by Satenia, there will not be a funeral and cremation has already taken place.
If so desired, donations to Autism Ontario would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Minor Funeral Home, 315 Broad Street East, Dunnville, Ontario. (905-774-7277). Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at www.ballardminorfh.ca