The Highways already had a large brood of six girls when Dan Horis Louis Highway entered the world December, 1947 on the trap line. Dan’s arrival was a highlight for the family. With twelve siblings, (including two who died at birth and two others who passed away) he was the only boy for four years.
Dan’s hockey career began at residential school. At age 16 Dan was playing high school hockey in a private school league. “We won the championship one of the two years I played. In grade 12, while playing for the St. Boniface Diocesan High School I was asked to try out for the St. Boniface Saints. When the principal of the residential school said, ‘No!’ Dan, just shy of 6 feet two inches and weighing 210 pounds, gave up in his N.H.L. dream. A few years later the Winnipeg Jets started up. Dan, along with several others from his current team The Pas Blues, was asked to try out. Now 25 years old, and soon to be married, Dan declined. One year later, in 1973, he married Gladys Constant.
Dan left competitive hockey behind and began working for the provincial government in Leaf Rapids. He helped relocate aboriginal families from northern Manitoba to work for the local mine. Laid off in 1982, Dan headed to Winnipeg and for the following 24 years worked for the Provincial Highways and Transportation Division. Dan retired in 2006 and began working as a consultant.Dan’s work made him a model citizen and helped bear the burden of his traumatic residential school experience. That same year he received an award from the provincial government created for his exemplary work: Dan Highway Equity & Diversity Award. In 2008 Dan received the Therese Casgrain Award, presented by the Federal Minister of Human Resource Development. Dan is the only aboriginal man to receive the award.