Duane Morrisseau-Beck brings his background in health and social policy development which spans over 24 years. His work includes frontline client work, program and policy development,participatory research, advisor, mentoring, educating and publications. Mr. Morrisseau-Beck is a Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba, employed as a ProgramAdvisor with the federal government at Employment and Social Development Canada since 2008. He is currently on a 3-year federal interchange at the IndigenousPeoples’ Assembly of Canada in the role as Senior Manager of the Men and Boy’sProject. Mr. Morrisseau-Beck has led several national projects in the area ofHIV/AIDS, and has co-led three national projects designed for Indigenous people affected by the ‘60’s Scoop that include land-based, cultural revitalization and trauma-based healing methods.
Mr. Morrisseau-Beck is a strategic thinker who brings maturity, creativity, energy, discipline and commitment to all work environments. This is evident is the many advisor and policy positions he has held within national Indigenous organizations and the federal government focused on bettering Indigenous people’s socio-economic prosperity in the labour market sector. Mr. Morrisseau-Beck has also longed to see change in the health outcomes of Indigenous people’s collective health predominately related to HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Diabetes, Early Child Development, Suicide and forPeople with Disabilities of which he has lead the charge for policy change and program development at the federal level.
As a proactive high-level performer who responds rapidly to changing conditions in fast-paced environments, Mr. Morrisseau-Beck has been able to articulate the collective needs of individuals affected by the ‘60’s Scoop to politicians, policy-makers and the community-at-large. This is evident in his ability to understand Canada’s colonial past as a first hand-experiencer within Canada’s Native Child WelfareSystem. Mr. Morrisseau-Beck latest efforts is the creation of a national network for Indigenous survivors of the Native Child Welfare system to meet the healing needs for thousands of survivors and their families.
Knowledgeable of the legal environment,history, culture, political institutions, and aspirations of IndigenousPeoples, including their challenges, constraints, and opportunities, Mr. Morrisseau-Beck has been recognized for his inclusive approaches to diverse populations as a recipient of the Employment and Social Development’s DeputyMinister’s Award of Excellence- Employment Equity category (2012), the Skills and Employment Branch Distinction Award of Excellence (2012) and the PublicService Award of Excellence- Employment Equity and Diversity category (2012). Of recent, Mr. Morrisseau-Beck was awarded the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network,HIV Exceptional Leadership Award (2016) for his dedication, passion, leadership and commitment to the Indigenous AIDS movement in Canada.
Personable, passionate, productive,organized and goal-oriented, Mr. Morrisseau-Beck’s current work for the Men andBoys Project focuses on developing tools to reduce violence against Indigenous women and girls. This project is a response to high rates of violence and its direct correlation to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.Mr. Morrisseau-Beck is currently a Principal Knowledge User in a catalyst grant to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Program titled, “IndigenousPeoples, Complex Trauma and Land Based Healing: A Configurative Mixed KnowledgeSynthesis’.
Mr. Morrisseau-Beck’s volunteer and community services record spans a spectrum of enduring opportunities that range from being a board member on community and nationalIndigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. His advice has been sought on many national committees, most notably the Public Health Agency’s NationalAboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS. As Chair for the Public Service’s NationalAboriginal Awareness Week (2010-2013), Mr. Morrisseau-Beck has raised the education level of Canada’s Indigenous people through innovative learning to thousands of public servants in that National Capital region and across the country. He is currently involved in a project with the Legacy of Hope that is creating curriculum and a national exhibition focused on the Canada’s Native Child Welfare System.
His publications includeco-authoring of: “HIV/AIDS: The Basic Facts for Métis Communities” (2003); authored “A New Lease on Life” (2008); co-authored a commentary, “We don’t think you’re special with Phillips and Pats daughter (2012); and, co-authored aLetter to the Editor, “I need a my nurse! with Phillips and Domingue” (2013). He plans to do more publishing in the near future related to his current work on land-based healing and trauma and the ‘60’s Scoop.