Joseph Morrison dedicated his life to family, community, and nation, promoting self respect, cultural understanding and the pursuit of education. He was committed to living the good life, or “Biimaadiziwin”, and keeping the Anishinaabe language and culture alive.

The Joseph Morrison Legacy Fund was established on his passing in 2012, and focuses on supporting Indigenous youth in Ontario who have demonstrated an ability to overcome adversity and achieve their goals toward a better life.


Erik Mandawe
Erik Mandawe2017 Recipient
Erik Mandawe (ᐱᔦᓯᐊᐧᐠ) comes from the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in northern Alberta, and has lived all over Turtle Island. He’s previously earned an Honours BSc in Medical Anthropology from the University of Toronto (2010), going on to work in mental health in urban and rural Indigenous communities. He later returned to school to pursue his passion for arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Western University (2017), earning the UWO Gold Medal, graduating with the highest grade-point-average in his program. He is a Sundancer in the Rattlechild Sundance Lodge, and is currently a medical student in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University (2021).
Kayla Cardy
Kayla Cardy2017 Recipient
Kayla Cardy is a 22-year-old Anishinaabe woman who grew up in Kenora, ON and is a member of Naotkamegwanning First Nation. She is a recent BAH Psychology-Sociology graduate from Queen’s University and is currently in the first year of her Master of Social Work degree at University of Toronto. Upon completion of her MSW, she intends to do community-level work to better understand the strengths and needs of the populations she will be working with. She has the ultimate goal to pursue a career as a social policy analyst, focusing on issues that impact Indigenous peoples and our way of life.