Only 10 years old, Kina Beardy proved she could stand up to bullies.
Now a young teenager, the slightly built Cross Lake Cree heroine posed with Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall Thursday when her act of bravery was publicly honoured.
The Governor General presented one Star of Courage and 42 Medals of Bravery at the ceremony at Rideau Hall as part of a traditional ceremony
Kina was one of the recipients of the Medal of Bravery, which recognizes acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.
The teen, dressed in a glamourous ball gown, posed demurely for the camera in Ottawa with the Governor General.
The stance she took four years ago, the one which brought her to the public's attention, was far different. Her story was told in Ottawa yesterday.
On July 8, 2010, Kina risked her life to protect a woman who was being attacked by two other women in Cross Lake, the centre of the Pimicikamak Cree First Nation, located 530 kilometres north of Winnipeg
Kina didn't hesitate to physically shield the victim in an effort to protect her. Her actions forced the assailants to stop their attack.
Thanks to Kina's efforts, the victim then sought shelter at a neighbour's house.
Kina was among four Manitobans to be honoured with medals of bravery.
Sgt. Paul Charles Avanthay of Little Grand Rapids and Const. Norbert Alexander Constant of The Pas and Ashern were honoured for saving a woman from suicide.
Adrien Grenier of Altamont rescued his three brothers from a house fire.