Treaty 3 member Danielle Morrison's a third-year law student in Winnipeg, and she remembers how finding a good mentor -- who connected her with her roots -- was important.

"He was able to support us in the way of providing medicines, advice. He would invite us over, any time he would have ceremonies, which was really beautiful," she said.

Morrison is a member of Big Island First Nation on the southern part of Lake of the Woods. She was class president at St. Thomas Aquinas in Kenora, before moving to Ottawa for university.

"Generally, we're moving from communities that are very rich in culture. We're coming from a community very rich in culture -- maybe an isolated community -- to an urban community. So, it can be a little bit of a culture shock," Morrison noted.

She advises students who feel disconnected or isolated in their new surroundings to seek out other Indigenous students, who may be experiencing some of the same things.

"Find your community. Reach out to other Indigenous students, if that's available. Find an Indigenous resource centre, and really find a mentor you can rely on for advice," Morrison offered.

She adds practical matters -- such as figuring out how to get groceries home on the bus -- can also be key.

"I remember buying one of those old grocery carts, like the ones old ladies walk around with," she recalled.

There may also be awkward moments, where an Indigenous student might be singled out for their opinion or views on a particular topic. Morrison says it places young students -- who are there to learn -- in an unfair situation.

"I remember being 19-years-old, and I was taking a class on the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This was probably the first time that I had learned about a lot of the policies that affect only Indigenous people in Canada. It was a really strange experience for me, because I didn't learn about any of this stuff in high school," she remembered.

Danielle Morrison is the daughter of the late Joe Morrison and Mary Alice Smith. is Kenora's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

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