Derek Fox is an Anishinaabe father, lawyer, and an avid outdoorsman.  He is originally from the remote fly-in community of Bearskin Lake First Nation with matrilineal ties to Shoal Lake 40.  As a young Anishinaabe boy he found strength and comfort on the outdoor rink, and spent every winter night skating in an imaginary Stanley Cup Final.  His love of hockey brought him many achievements, and at age 16 he was drafted in the first round (6th overall) by the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds. Derek went on to have a successful career in  Major Junior Hockey, and Semi-Pro Hockey.  Eventually he combined his love of the sport with his desire to pursue his education and played University Hockey. Soon after he was blessed with his first son and decided to complete his Honours degree in Political Science and Economics at the University of Manitoba.  After the birth of his second son Derek decided to pursue a career in law.  Unfortunately, he was hit with a near-fatal case of blastomycosis.  Against all odds, Derek recovered and achieved his law degree at the University of Manitoba.  He received his Call to The Bar in January of 2014 and is now practicing in the area of Aboriginal Law.  His love of hunting and the outdoors has always been a presence in his life.  Derek’s idea of paradise is the family trap line that lies on the banks of the Sachigo River.  He has a passion for his people,  his territory, and for instilling a love of culture, sport, and education in the Anishinaabe youth.  Oh, and did I mention he loves to write?

-biography by dstarratt


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