Emma Morrison – The first ever Indigenous winner of Miss World Canada

20 Mar 2024 | Priya Bhardwaj

Emma Morrison created history on Miss World Canada 2022 stage on 13th November 2022 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Ontario. The stunning beauty hails from a First Nation in northern Ontario and has made national pageant history as the first Indigenous winner of Miss World Canada crown. Emma is a 22-year-old proud Mushkegowuk woman from Chapleau Cree First Nation, 200 kilometres west of Timmins. Not new to the pageant world, Emma competed and won Miss Northern Ontario in 2017 and later won Miss Teenage Canada in 2018.



On winning the national crown and making history, Emma took to her official social media as she wrote, “Wow, I am in beyond disbelief to officially say I am your new Miss World Canada 2022. I had such an incredible week meeting all 49 delegates from across Canada. Every single one of you was incredible in your own ways, from developing amazing Beauty With A Purpose protects/being a service to your community, being so kind and supportive to one another during pageant week and being great representatives for your home communities and regions.”

“I’m so happy to have been a part of the 2022 Miss World Canada class, I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group of ladies to call my pageant sisters. Now the real work begins, I am so honoured to represent Canada as a Mushkegowuk Cree First Nations women at the International Miss World Festival 2022. I am so thrilled to be taking on this role, to be this positive example, to show Indigenous youth, Indigenous people, and all Canadians that you too can accomplish anything that you strive and work for. Irregardless of your limitations, surroundings, through passion and drive you can do anything”, she added.



Not only did Emma win the title of Miss World Canada, she also won the Beauty with a Purpose 2022 title. Morrison's project involved reconnecting with her Indigenous culture by making traditional ribbon skirts, which took her a year to prepare.

"After the 215 unmarked graves were found at the Kamloops residential school, this inspired me to reconnect with my culture. And this is when I began sewing ribbon skirts for myself to wear to remind me to be proud to be an Indigenous woman and all these feelings I knew I wanted to share with others. So this is when I began creating ribbon skirts for other Indigenous women to wear so they'll have a physical link to their culture and remind them to feel empowered, to be proud to be an Indigenous woman”, she wrote.



Emma succeeds Miss World Canada 2021 Jaime Vanderberg who is currently preparing to compete at the 71st Miss World. With her strong advocacy, her charming personality and stunning beauty, Emma is surely going to be a strong contender at Miss World 2024 competition. The finale date and venue of Miss World 2024 is yet to be announced where the winner of Miss World 2023 will crown her successor at the end of the event finale.