| Eugene Morriseau
Eugene is the third son of a world renowned First Nation Artist, Norval and Harriet Morrisseau. He was born in 1964, in Red Lake, Ontario.
He spent his early childhood years with his parents in Sandy Lake First Nation, a fly-in reserve 150 miles north of Red Lake Ontario. When he was five, he moved to Red Lake to live with his grandparents, Patricia and David Kakegamic (parents of artist, Goyce Kakegamic). He attended school until he was 14 years old and moved back to Sandy Lake with his grandparents.
Eugene married Joan Kakegamic in 1982 and had four children. In 2001 they separated and Eugene moved to Thunder Bay where he lives today, returning often to Sandy Lake to be with his family and friends.
Eugene’s late father, Norval Morrisseau, contracted tuberculosis in 1956 and was sent to Fort William Sanitarium to recover. There he met his future wife Harriet Kakegamic with whom he had seven children, Victoria, Michael, Eugene, Peter, David, Lisa and Christian.
Norval Morrisseau, CM, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an Aboriginal Canadian artist. Known as the "Picasso of the North", Morrisseau created works depicting the legends of his people.
Eugene and Dad, 2000 in Victoriaville Centre, Thunder Bay
Norval Morrisseau and son Eugene Morriseau 2000 or 2001
One thing I am so happy about to this day is that me and my brother Christian had the opportunity to go get him in Nanaimo BC and bring him home for the last time to see his kids, grandchildren, great- grandchildren and for ‘OUR CHILDREN’ to see their grandfather in person and the Elders that knew him. He would always ask me about our Elders from Sandy Lake, who was still around. Unfortunately I had to tell him that most of the Elders that he knew had left to their final journey. He was kind of sad. I gave him the tour of Sandy Lake First Nations. It's been a while. He says to me this place is big, it's not bushy anymore. I had to tell him where Center and River was. He asked about the trail that goes to the boardwalk. He must have used that boardwalk back then, and where RC was located in the reserve. So I said to him again, “This is where you got your woman from, DAD”, my late mom, Harriet (Kakegamic) Morrisseau. I think to this day he was actually, totally happy to come back to Sandy. He probably thought he would never come back here again. Isn't it ironic how things come back in full circle. This was where they had their first baby girl together, my Sister Victoria. They lived here together, here in Sandy where our roots come from. Now they are together, for eternity, side by side. One of my dad's last wishes was to be buried next to his wife,"FOR ETERNITY", he asked us, his ‘CHILDREN’. We all said ok. Rest in peace, my parents.