KENORA – Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation Chief Donny Morris was recognized with a Diamond Jubilee Medal by Kenora-Rainy River MPP Sarah Campbell this week. The First Nation leader was honoured for his dedication to his community.
“When it comes to standing up for what one believes in, few have gone as far as Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donny Morris”, stated Campbell.
“In March 2008 Morris, along with Jack McKay, Cecilia Begg, Sam McKay, Darryl Sainnawap and Bruce Sakakeep were unjustly jailed for standing up to the province of Ontario,” continued the Kenora MPP. “While the group continue to wait for an apology and financial compensation they are due from the McGuinty Government, they finally received a small vindication of their efforts August 8 when Morris was presented with a Diamond Jubilee Medal honouring his work for his community”.
“Chief Morris is a true leader,” said Campbell, who made the presentation during Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug’s Homecoming celebrations August 8. “His actions speak louder than his words and he has inspired others across our region and across Ontario to stand up for what they believe in.”
Campbell stated “It has not been an easy road for Morris or his counterparts, yet knowing they were on the side of fairness and justice allowed them to persevere in their fight against a government that refused to respect their rights”.
“When presented with a chance to stand up for his community and interests he answered the call,” said Campbell. “This medal may not be the apology you deserve, but it is a way for me to say, on behalf of the Queen and on behalf of all of those who look to you for leadership, to say thank you. Thank you for being there. Thank you for being a leader for your community and thank you for inspiring others with your actions.”
The medal was created in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne, as a way of thanking those who have inspired their communities through leadership and public service.