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A First Nation War Hero Will Be Laid To Rest On The Big River First Nation

(Prince Albert, SK) FSIN Chief Lawrence Joseph is sad yet deeply honoured to announce the funeral arrangements for U.S. Army Sgt. Darby Morin who was killed while on duty in Afghanistan. The funeral for Sgt. Morin will be held Tuesday September 1st at 10:00 a.m. at the Sesewahum High School on the Big River First Nation, 125 km northwest of Prince Albert.

Chief Joseph describes the late Sgt. Morin as a hero and role model. “I want to send my deepest condolences to the family of Darby Morin. It’s really sad that he leaves behind his wife and two small children but at the same time they can be extremely proud of his memory and honour,” says Chief Joseph, an uncle to the late Darby Morin. “Darby joined the fight for freedom. He makes us all proud today for the sacrifice he made against the war on terrorism.”

When he was 11-years old Darby told his mother Irene he would make her proud some day when he joined the army. Right after he graduated from the Big River First Nation High School (2003) Darby joined the United States Army. He spent 4 years stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia before being transferred to Fort Drum, New York in April of 2008. Later that year in December Darby was deployed to the Charkh District centre in Logar province, Afghanistan. On August 22, 2009 Darby was on night patrol traveling on a foggy mountain road along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border when the driver lost control of their military vehicle and it rolled. Sgt. Morin died in the accident the immediate family was told by the U.S. Army.

The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.

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