Youth Niimi'idiwin


Before becoming the first Indigenous Miss Teenage Canada this August, Emma Morrison was just looking for something different to do in her small town of Chapleau, Ont.

Around this time last year, the Miss North Ontario pageant director, who had mutual friends with Morrison on Facebook, asked her if she wanted to participate. “I joined that pageant just because Chapleau’s such a small town with really limited opportunities, so I thought “Why not?” It’s something new and different.” Morrison was the special guest at the Niimi’idiwin youth powwow and fall feast held at the Whitecap Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 6 for all the schools in the 10 Bimose Tribal Council communities as well as the wider Kenora community.

After talking about her experience and encouraging the youth gathered there to try something out of their comfort zone, Morrison took pictures and answered questions from powwow attendees, mainly young girls age 10 to 12. She said a lot of the questions had to do with what the pageants were like and her crown, which she wore with a traditional ribbon skirt. She also gave them some advice: “I told some young girls that even if I came in last, I would still be happy because I’d know that I’d worked hard and put my best foot forward.”

Don Morrison (no relation), the executive director of Bimose Tribal Council, said they were fortunate to have the pageant winner attend the powwow and provide a role model for the youth in celebrating their culture. 

- Kenora Daily Miner & News, October 11th 2017
Miigwetch to the Creator for this beautiful day, to our staff who worked so hard to make this happen, to the teachers, and to the children who make everything we do more than worth it!

- Don Morrison, Bimose Tribal Council Inc.

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