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In its efforts to improve the quality of sport and physical literacy for all Canadians, the Sport for Life Society, in collaboration with Aboriginal partners across the country, has been developing the Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway. One of the key contributors to the project is Alwyn Morris – Olympic gold medallist and Aboriginal leader – and Sport for Life is excited to announce that Morris will deliver a keynote speech and panel presentation at the 2016 Canadian Sport for Life National Summit.

When Morris stood on the podium at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics to accept his gold medal in two-man 1000-metre kayak, the Kahnawake Mohawk held an eagle feather in the air. The feather represents honour, friendship and life. In that moment Morris filled Canadians with a sense of pride and accomplishment – and Aboriginal Canadians in particular. Morris has continued to represent and inspire Aboriginal people ever since.

Morris received the Order of Canada in 1985 for outstanding service and achievement, and has served with the Canada Games Council, the Canadian Sport Secretariat, and was a Special Policy Advisor for Aboriginal People and the Constitution to the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark during the Charlottetown processes. Morris received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Sports for both his accomplishments and the example he set.

Hear Morris share his story by attending the Summit, which takes place January 26–28 at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. Learn more, and register, at

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