Métis youth, Grayson Drew (Midori) Nagao has been a worthy role model over the years. He has been the kind of individual who has authentically valued traditional Métis culture, and demonstrated that in his willingness to present and teach it to others. He has also stood up for his rights, and for the rights of others, whether those individuals are the majority or not. Grayson Drew (Midori) has dealt with adversity in life. He works hard at overcoming his challenges each day. It is these humble and charitable traits which have led me to honour and respect this youth and put forth this recommendation as someone worthy of being named a Métis Youth Role Model.
Drew is a kind, empathetic, strong young man. He, like other respected Métis before him, perseveres despite the challenges that the Creator has provided him. Not only is he growing from these opportunities, but he has been able to look beyond just himself and stand true to his Métis ancestry along the way. He has given it honour by being proud enough to show its beauty, serenity, and joyfulness to others, to teach it and embrace it as current and important regardless of its contrast to the fast paced technological world which tempts our youth today. It is for this reason that I believe it important to recognize a youth such as this as a role model in 2016.