Corey Morris

Of mixed ancestry from northern Europe and southern Labrador Inuit (NunatuKavut), Corey has family connections in northern Labrador.  His wife, Melissa Morris, is non-Indigenous and they have a son, Nick Morris, who is a Nunatsiavut Government Beneficiary. As a family they work to maintain connections to the history, culture, language, and traditions of Labrador Inuit. As a Community Advocate with First Voice, he hopes to improve public policy and service delivery for Indigenous people in the province.

Corey recognizes the social and economic disparities for those who are land claim Beneficiaries but live outside land claim areas. This includes access to meaningful work that provides a living wage, as well as cultural education opportunities for children and adults alike. He recognizes that many Indigenous people must move to larger urban centres to find opportunities for themselves and their families that are not always available in their home communities.

Corey has personal experience helping his young son navigate the education system in St. John’s. He recognizes that there are many places and opportunities to increase Indigenous learning in schools that would better inform all people about the true histories, cultures, and traditions of Indigenous Peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Canada. Corey feels that cultural change and progress on reconciliation will suffer if more is not done to educate the next generation on the diverse histories and experiences of Indigenous Peoples.

Corey is passionate about advocating for the diverse needs of the growing urban Indigenous community in St. John’s. In his spare time, he likes to relax by hunting, painting (not walls), foraging for mushrooms and berries, gardening, boating, and snowmobiling.