Elder Joe Morrison left some big shoes to fill, but his daughter -- Danielle -- is doing her best.
"Honestly, it's been a bit of a monumental task," she said recently. "I feel him watching. I feel him here. I don't want to let him down. Our family has been so committed to providing opportunities for young people."
The former justice of the peace passed away more than six years ago now, and legacy fund has been set up in his honour. In a short interview, Danielle talks about youth following in her father's footsteps.
"A lot of what Joe Morrison stood for was being proud of who you were as an Indigenous person, learning your language, learning about your culture, participating in cultural events in your community and ceremony. That was a big part of his life, and it's another big consideration with the bursary is we try to look for people that really embody some of those values that he had. Every single recipient we've had has been really connected to who they are as an Indigenous youth, which is really beautiful," she said.
Danielle Morrison, herself, is on track to graduate with a law degree this spring. After her first year, got to travel with the Crown's office doing circuit court in the Kenora District. After graduation, she hopes to article with the public interest law centre in Winnipeg.
This means looking into interest groups, consumer issues, disability and accessibility complaints, along with Indigenous or human rights advocacy.
Applicants can apply for the student bursary until March 15.
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