2000 Contest Entry
My role model is my grandmother, Rita Joe, the poet. I did not enter this contest to win the money, I entered this contest to let everyone know what a wonderful woman she is and to describe the way she inspires people young and old. She teaches that being Native is one of the most beautiful things on earth and that you should make friends with other races of different color. She is 68 years old and still she is like a fine wine, she gets better with age. Three of her children are teachers in this wonderful school in Eskasoni. I have talked about her in so many words but the words that I love to call her the most is Rita Joe, my beautiful grandmother.
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