VANCOUVER, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - A claim regarding the distribution of
the estate of Norval Morrisseau, filed in BC Supreme Court by the seven
children of Norval Morrisseau, has been resolved in an out of court
Norval Morrisseau, also known as Copper Thunderbird, was an eminent
aboriginal artist who founded the Woodlands School of Art. His works
often portrayed the legends of his people, and were characterized by
vibrant colours and x-ray views of people and animals.
Mr. Morrisseau was awarded the Order of Canada in 1978 and was
acknowledged as Grand Shaman of the Ojibwa in 1986. He died on
December 4, 2007.
In the settlement, Gabor Vadas, the executor and sole beneficiary under
Mr. Morrisseau's will, and the Morrisseau children have agreed to share
in the artist's estate. The agreement recognizes the significant
relationship Norval had with Gabor Vadas and the Vadas family, and also
ensures that the Morrisseau Family shares in their father's artistic
Ted Charney, co-counsel for the Morrisseau family, said, "This
settlement ensures that the children of Mr. Morrisseau are able to
share in management of their father's artistic legacy while also
recognizing the important role that the Vadas family played in Mr.
The Morrisseau Family wishes to enhance the legacy of Norval
Morrisseau's art and aid his own native community through projects such
as a memorial meeting house for artists in Keewaywin, museum exhibits
and retrospectives and proper management of the copyright of his art.
Mr. Vadas, who was adopted by Mr. Morrisseau in accordance with the
artist's shamanistic traditions, views the settlement as an opportunity
for the parties to reconcile past differences and focus on increasing
public understanding of Norval Morrisseau's art.
Michael Miller, counsel for Mr. Vadas and the estate, commented that,
"The cooperation between the Morrisseau children and Mr. Vadas will
help ensure that the integrity of the works of one of Canada's foremost
artists is protected and maintained."
Amy Francis, co-counsel for the Morrisseau family, also expressed
optimism that, "The Morrisseau children and Gabe Vadas will now be able
to move forward together, working to protect and enhance the important
cultural legacy left by Norval."
The Morrisseau Family was represented by Amy Francis of Legacy Tax +
Trust Lawyers in Vancouver, BC and Ted Charney of Falconer Charney LLP
in Toronto, Ontario.
Gabor Vadas and the Estate of Norval Morrisseau were represented by
Michael A. Miller and Manuel A. Azevedo, Barristers and Solicitors,
SOURCE Falconer Charney LLP
For further information:
Theodore P. Charney
Falconer Charney LLP
Michael A. Miller
Barrister and Solicitor