A 13-year-old girl from northern Manitoba received a Medal of Bravery on Thursday for risking her life to protect a woman who was being attacked.
Kina Raven Beardy of Cross Lake, Man., was only 10 years old when she stepped in to shield the woman, who was being attacked by two other women on July 8, 2010.
"I told her, 'No, leave her alone,'" Kina said Thursday, just after she received a Medal of Bravery from Gov. Gen. David Johnston in Ottawa.
Her move forced the assailants to stop their attack. The victim was then able to run to safety at a neighbour's house.
"She wasn't even scared to protect that lady," said Kina's mother, Alexandra Beardy.
"Like, she had that dignity to help people. That's her gift, I think. She doesn't like bullying."
Kina said she did feel butterflies in her stomach at the time of the incident, but she knew she had to do something.
"At first you will be scared, and when you go up to them it feels like those butterflies are flying away," she said.
Kina said she wants to be an RCMP officer when she grows up.
The community of Cross Lake is about 800 kilometres by road north of Winnipeg.
A total of 43 Canadians were recognized by Johnston at a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday.
Other Manitobans who received Medals of Bravery are:
- RCMP Sgt. Paul Charles Avanthay and Const. Norbert Alexander Constant for rescuing a suicidal woman who had jumped from a hydro dam into the Winnipeg River in Powerview, Man., on Oct. 28, 2009.
- Adrien Grenier of Altamont, Man., for helping his three brothers escape a house fire on Oct. 10, 2011.
- Jason Daniel Totté of The Pas and Thompson, Man., who was a passenger in a plane that crashed in Pukatawagan, Man., on July 4, 2011. Totté and pilot Marko Romic tried to pull another passenger out of the burning wreckage but had to move away as flames engulfed the plane.