OCTOBER 2008 • THE PUBLICATION OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO SINCE 1997 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR MÉTIS AT MÉTIS THE MOVIES LEADERS SIGN AWARD-WINNING MÉTIS DIRECTOR IS MAKING A HISTORIC MARK WITH FILM TAKING PROTOCOLS ON MÉTIS IDENTITY ISSUES. PAGE 20 PAGE 3+4 , NEW LEADERSHIP NEW ENERGY, NEW DIRECTION: YOUR METIS In the Spirit of LouisRiel COMMUNITY MÉTIS COUNCIL NEWS FROM ACROSS THE PROVINCE PAGES 3-7 The Métis Nation of Ontario follows up this year’s Louis Riel Day ceremonies on November 16th with a two day SPECIAL PRESIDENTS’ ASSEMBLY/ AGA 2008 in Toronto, Ontario M ark these dates on your calen- with respect to future MNO dar--November 16-18, 2008! The AGAs.” To this end, when MNO’s event of the year is rap- citizens receive their “kits” idly approaching. This year’s at the Presidents’ Assem- Special Presidents’ Assembly bly/AGA 2008 they will and AGA 2008, is the official beginning of a also receive a question- new era, one that will build upon the past naire seeking individual but focus on the future, and one that will and family input on a certainly have a different format. For preferred time frame for starters, it’s in the fall, not the summer. It’s AGA 2009. Please note SENIORS & in the big city at a big hotel, that the MNO however, that this will has been able to get for an amazing rate to not be discussed at the SUBSTANCE maximise participation! (See back page for assembly. There will be details.) Despite the different venue and sea- opportunities to respond ABUSE son the AGA will bring together Métis lead- online and further informa- ers and citizens from across the province, tion will be available in sub- PAGE 18 including PCMNO, Senators, Community sequent Voyageurs. Council Presidents and citizens, you too will want to be there. DAY ONE Referring to the change of venue and NOVEMBER 16, 2008: MÉTIS timing of the AGA, President Lipinski said: “I want MNO citizens to know, their new lead- What better way to start this HARVESTERS’ ership did not make this decision lightly…. special three-day event than on However, in considering Riel Day, November 16th? GATHERING the logistical, administra- Although Riel Day occurs FILLING THE FREEZERS tive and fiscal challenges on the anniversary of the FOR THE NEEDY holding the MNO AGA in day Louis Riel was hung in July would create this 1885, we come together to PAGE 16 year, we believe this new celebrate his heroic life. direction for this year is For those wanting trans- the right decision for the portation, shuttle buses will MNO….” In another be available at the host interview Gary stated that venue, the Days Inn Hotel the PCMNO had taken a and Conference Centre – great deal of time and MNO President Toronto Airport East to take considered all the factors Gary Lipinski people to Queen's Park where every- and knew the conse- one will assemble by 10:40 A.M. for the quences and disappoint- raising of the Métis flag. Led by Aborig- ment some would have in inal veterans, Elders and a Legion Hon- delaying the AGA. our Guard, participants will march to “The MNO’s new lead- THE the Northwest Rebellion Monument, ership is committed to a MNO’S NEW where the opening prayer will be deliv- ‘new way of doing busi- LEADERSHIP ered. This year’s MC, Chair, France ness’…. As a part of the IS COMMITTED Picotte, will open the ceremonies and transparent, frank and TO A make introductions and Vice-chair two-way dialogue, I want ‘NEW WAY Sharon McBride will speak on behalf of 1785370 to continue to reassure OF DOING the Women’s Secretariat of the Métis MNO citizens that we will consult with them over Ontario. Other BUSINESS’. Nation of representatives speakersFirst include from will the next year on how they would like to proceed MORE ON BACK PAGE 2 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR MÉTIS COMMUNITY NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS: MNO STAFF: THE OBITUARY MÉTIS Welcome VOYAGEUROCTOBER 2008, NO. 55 O Creator aboard! by Gary Lipinski by Senator Leora Wilson editor Monique Richard joined MNO Grey-Owen Sound Métis Council Linda Lord I staff on September 2, 2008, as t is with deepest regrets that Executive Assistant to the Presi- we learned of the sudden design & production We ask you to teach us humility and wisdom dent. passing of Norm Monaghan. Marc St. Germain in our everyday lives. Monique comes to us with A founding member of the Lead us to the paths that you would have us travel. over ten years of administrative Northumberland Métis Council contributors experience. She was an executive and a regular participant and vol- Scott Carpenter Show us the way to give whatever we have in the way assistant in a corporate organisa- unteer at the MNO AGA. Norm’s Glen Lipinski that we can best give, be it time, talent tion, and most recently an event optimism and generosity in shar- Stephen Quesnelle or community support. manager in the hospitality indus- ing his rich experiences and out- Chelsey Quirk try. Monique is currently complet- standing personal qualities has Tracy Bald Remind us that we are here for such a short time, and ing her degree in administrative left a significant impression on June Fogen that we may have only one chance to do studies at York University. those who had the privilege of Siobhan Marie Laviendre something special with our lives. “This position offers me the knowing him. Ruth Wagner-Millington unique opportunity of working in We will greatly miss his com- Sabrina Stoessinger Before we know it we become the elders of our nation. the political arena. I am looking panionship, vitality and convic- Leora Wilson Teach us the ways in which we can offer our life experi- forward to assisting President Lip- tions. On behalf of the Métis Jeff Wilson ence to our nation and our community. inski as he embarks on his quest Nation of Ontario, I send our Barbara White to continually grow the Métis heartfelt respect, gratitude, and RickPaquette Scott Dunn Help us to reach out and take an opportunity to give of Nation of Ontario. As well, I look condolences to Norm’s wife Barbaranne Wright ourselves to something that we truly believe in. forward to meeting the MNO rep- Margery and family. resentatives, employees and citi- When a friend dies, one truly contact Show us that we are not indispensable. Someone else will zens throughout Ontario and to isn’t lost but is found in the lives Linda Lord, editor fill our shoes with new passion and energy. attending Métis cultural events,” and the hearts of all of us. It’s RR1 Hartington, ON K0H 1W0 said Monique. good memories fused with time Ph/Fx: 613-374-3430 Keep us focused on our goals. Let us not be swayed by As part of the Operations that help us through tomorrow. email@example.com the opinions of others when we know the Team, Monique will also assist right way for us. Chief Operating Officer, Doug If undeliverable return to: Métis Nation of Ontario Let us not take our blessings for granted. Wilson. Please join us in welcoming Métis writer 500 Old St.Patrick St, Unit D All things have their time, and can be gone in an instant. Monique Richard as a new mem- Maria Campbell Ottawa, ON K1N 9G4 ber to the Operations Team. PH: 613-798-1488 Show us your truth and let us live in that reality. receives Order firstname.lastname@example.org www.metisnation.org CONTACT: of Canada Marci, Monique Richard Migwetch, Executive Assistant to President Métis author and The next Voyageur deadline is Amen 500 Old St.Patrick Street Elder, Maria December 1st, 2008 Ottawa, Ont. K1N 9G4 Campbell, was Tel: 613-798-1488 x123 named to the Toll Free: 800-263-4889 x123 Order of Canada Looking for a new job? AMAZING RECIPES: email@example.com this past July. Campbell may be Be sure to check out Wild Rice Familiar face is best known for her first book, www.metisnation.org , for employment opportunities. Blueberry Employment & “Halfbreed”, which continues to be taught in schools today. She is honoured for “her contributions Pudding Training’s new to Canadian literature and media Jss as a writer, playwright, filmmaker Supervior P by TRACY BALD and educator, as well as for her advocacy on Métis and Aboriginal This year I have been able to It is a pleasure to announce that, issues.” freeze a great deal of wild blue- effective June 30, 2008, Tammy berries. I love to have them on Webb became the Acting Supervi- Kid r hand for pancakes, oatmeal, and sor of Employment and Training, one of my favourites, wild rice reporting to Jennifer St. Germain, pudding. I made this recipe for Director Education and Training. orne an event we held to honour our Among her other duties in this Captain’s C Elders back in June. The pud- interim position, Tammy super- ding was enjoyed by all and many asked for the recipe. I vises staff; monitors regional sites; reviews regional activity; Corner thought I would share it since I oversees and reviews regional by KEN SIMARD Mars i ! am not the only one that thinks and provincial budgets; assists CAPTAIN OF THE HUNT, REG. 2 it is delicious. Enjoy! with program reporting require- My name is PJ the Snowy Owl ! ments and staff training; monitors Moose on 2 cups cooked wild rice and co-ordinates expense claims; FALL IS HERE...and I have been busy these last few months learning how to fly long distances and I have 2 cups cream or 2% evaporated milk co-ordinates and schedules staff reviews, and represents MNOTI the loose! 6 eggs at community meetings and Moose on the loose! Watch been losing some of my feathers along the way. Can 1 tsp vanilla extract other meetings as assigned. out for wildlife on all roads, you find them for me? Search in the pages that fol- 1 cup blueberries Tammy has been with the hunting or not hunting. low and you will see a few. MNO for many years, and has Be safe; stay alert; stay alive. 3/4 cup maple syrup gained a vast knowledge of the Did you know that at 1.9m (6 Do your grandma and grandpa tell you stories? It is communities, procedures, opera- ft.) and 500 kg (1100 lbs.) a colli- important to listen because our grandparents are Whisk together the eggs, tions and requirements of the sion with a moose can be dead- wise and we can learn many lessons from them. My milk, vanilla and maple syrup. branch. She has proven an inte- ly? In northern and north-west- grandpa told me a few weeks ago to always tell my Over medium heat, stir together gral and active participant in the ern Ontario, one in four motor mommy and daddy anything that is bothering me the wild rice and blueberries in a development of MNOTI and her vehicle collisions, involved a wild because they will help me deal with it. So I told my large sauce pan. Gradually add in knowledge and experience are animal on provincial highways. mommy that I was flying around the neighbourhood milk mixture and stir well. Sim- key to this position. So be sure to take your winter with my friends who were making me fly too far. I mer over medium low heat for survival kit and prepare for win- 30 minutes, stirring frequently CONTACT: ter travel. Make sure you have: was so happy to tell her because she told me to take until pudding thickens. Pour Tammy P Webb/Acting Supervi- . blankets; shovel; extra warm my own time, relax and listen to the wind. into bowls and cool slightly sor of Employment & Training clothing and footwear; flares; before serving. Serves 8. 26 Queen Street East matches; flashlight and new bat- I hope you also listen to your grandparents and tell Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Y3 teries; candle, and first-aid kit. your mommy and daddy if you are having any prob- Tracy Bald is the Community Tel: 705-254-6530 PS Have a successful harvest lems. HAPPY FEATHER HUNTING! Wellness Coordinator for the Fax: 705-254-3515 this fall! Georgian Bay Métis Council. firstname.lastname@example.org SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 3 Our Métis Rights THE CROWN’S DUTY TO CONSULT AND ACCOMMODATE: PROVINCIAL RELATIONS: President Lipinski set to meet with Premier of Ontario O ngoing meetings with various provincial part- ners made September a busy month for the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) executive. On the radar for the end of September (at the time of printing) was a scheduled meeting between MNO Presi- dent Gary Lipinski and the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario. (Look for left to right: Timmins Métis Council President, Natalie Durocher; Temiskaming Métis Council President, Lillian Ethier; Northern Lights a follow-up in the next edi- Métis Council President, Urgil Courvil; MNO President, Gary Lipinski, and PCMNO Councillor for Region 3, Marcel Lafrance. tion of the Voyageur) President Lipinski plans to meet with the Premier to fur- Métis leaders sign historic ther enhance the positive relationship that the Métis Nation of Ontario has with the Ontario Government and Protocol in Timmins to advance negotiations sur- rounding the Framework Agreement. ON JUNE 25TH, 2008, Métis ing hydro-electric, mining and what is being done on the lands Nation of Ontario (MNO) Presi- forestry developments in these BY WORKING they have relied upon for genera- dent, Gary Lipinski, joined local territories. TOGETHER, THE MNO tions,” said President Lipinski. and regional Métis leadership in Based on this protocol, Métis AND ITS COMMUNITY Lipinski concluded: “This Timmins to sign an historic “pro- will be participating in the COUNCILS WILL community-driven initiative will tocol”, which aims to ensure that upcoming environmental assess- ENSURE THAT ALL also ensure Métis in the region the Crown fulfils its constitution- ment on Ontario Power Genera- MÉTIS CITIZENS HAVE begin to benefit from the energy, al duty to consult and accommo- tion’s Lower Mattagami Hydro- A SAY ON WHAT IS forestry and mining development date Métis rights, interest and electric Project that is overseen BEING DONE ON THE that is happening within their tra- way of life in the region. by the Canadian Environmental LANDS THEY HAVE ditional territories. I want to con- The protocol is the first of its Assessment Agency as well as RELIED UPON FOR gratulate the local and regional kind within the Métis nation. It engaging mining companies to GENERATIONS.” Métis leadership who have commits various levels of Métis ensure that Métis rights and — PRESIDENT LIPINSKI worked so hard to see this proto- government to work together to interests are considered in future col become a reality.” ensure that all Métis citizens who exploration and development in mation of Métis rights in the land- Copies of the English and live in and use the Métis tradi- the region. mark Powley case. By working French versions of the protocol tional territories of Abitibi/Temis- “With this protocol, the Métis together, the MNO and its com- are available on the MNO’s web camigue and James Bay will be Nation is building on the munity councils will ensure that site at www.metisnation.org/con- consulted in relation to upcom- Supreme Court of Canada’s affir- all Métis citizens have a say on sultation. ∞ OUR ONGOING MÉTIS RIGHTS AGENDA: MNO releases report from community consultations on Crown’s Duty to Consult and Accommodate Métis Rights ON JULY 29, 2008, the Métis bearing Métis communities on lection; and creating partnerships recommendation in the Ipper- Nation of Ontario (MNO) activities that have the potential with industry in the forestry, ener- wash Inquiry Report. released the final report from its to impact Métis rights, interests gy and mining sectors. “This report provides an community consultations on and way of life. The final report The report will be used to important foundation upon developing an Ontario Métis is based on over 17 community inform ongoing bilateral and tri- which the Métis Nation can Consultation Framework. consultation meetings held lateral discussions with the build, but it is clear that Métis cit- In January, 2008, the MNO throughout southern, central Ontario Government and the izens and communities want to announced province-wide com- and northern Ontario, along Government of Canada on continue to be actively engaged munity consultations, jointly with input received from Métis developing an Ontario Métis as we move forward on this supported by the Ontario Gov- citizens via the MNO's web site Consultation Framework as well important rights-based initiative. ernment and the Government of dedicated to the consultations. as the MNO's collaborative work The MNO is optimistic that this Canada, on developing an The final report includes over with the Ontario Government report will represent a starting Ontario Métis Consultation 60 recommendations on a wide on its recent announcements point for a collaborative journey, Framework. The proposed Con- array of topics, including, princi- relating to the protection of the with both levels of government, sultation Framework will ples for an Ontario Métis Consul- boreal region; revenue resource in order to ensure Métis rights, increase Métis engagement, tation Framework; education, sharing with First Nation and interests and way of life in this input and participation in plan- training and communication ini- Métis communities; reforming province are respected and pro- ning and development related to tiatives on the duty to consult; and modernising Ontario's Min- tected for generations to come,” A COMPLETE COPY Ontario's natural resources con- Métis representation issues; ing Act, and the development added Lipinski. OF THE FINAL REPORT sistent with the Crown's consti- capacity and funding issues; Métis and implementation of the New IS AVAILABLE AT: tutional duty to consult rights- research, mapping and data col- Relationship Fund, based on the www.metisnation.org/consultations/ 4 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS: TIMELINE: Métis Communities have their say by CHELSEY QUIRK on Métis traditional territories. ton Transmission Line, in order Métis Rights “Without question, develop- OUR to ensure Métis rights and inter- and the T he first round of consulta- ing and implementing an MNO ests are protected.” (See page tions on the Duty to Con- Consultation Framework will COMMUNITIES 24) sult initiative was com- pleted at the end of June. assist us in achieving what Métis citizens desire. However, we also WANT TO “What has become very clear from all of this work is that fund- Crown’s Duty SHARE IN THE “The attendance and interest at the community meetings was heard from Métis citizens that we need to take our time in BENEFITS FLOW- ing and capacity are desperately needed at the local, regional and to Consult very impressive,” said MNO Pres- developing a consultation frame- ING FROM ECO- provincial levels in order to POWLEY ident, Gary Lipinski. “It was clear work so it is community-driven, NOMIC DEVEL- ensure that our citizens and 19, September, 2003, in R. v. from these consultation meet- collaborative and strengthens OPMENT communities can effectively par- Powley, the Supreme Court of Cana- ings that Métis citizens and com- Métis rights for generations to ticipate in the consultation and da recognised that Métis communi- munities want to know what is come. Similar to what we did in OCCURRING accommodation processes. ties hold constitutionally protected going on around them, as it developing our MNO Harvesting ON MÉTIS Right now, we are simply unable Aboriginal rights that must be relates to and impacts our rights, Policy, we need to take time and TRADITIONAL to do all we need to do in order respected by governments. our way of life and our tradition- ensure our citizens understand TERRITORIES.” to protect Métis rights and par- al territories. Our communities and support what we are putting ticipate effectively. HAIDA & TAKU want to have an opportunity to into place. — President Lipinski In order to assist MNO Com- 18, November, 2004, in the Haida assess and have a say in what “While we continue to con- munity Councils in responding Nation v. British Columbia and Taku governments and proponents sult on developing an MNO Con- now.” (See Timmins, page 3 and to notice letters received from River Tlingit v. British Columbia cases, are doing or planning on doing sultation Framework, the MNO Sault Ste. Marie below) government and industry, the the Supreme Court set out a new on lands Métis have relied upon is also working to ensure Métis “In addition, the MNO is MNO has developed a standard legal framework--the duty to consult for generations. Moreover, our rights and interests are being actively participating in hearings response letter for councils to and accommodate--which directs communities want to share in respected by government and before the Ontario Energy Board use. A copy of this letter is avail- the Crown to consult with Aborigi- the benefits flowing from eco- industry in relation to develop- on the Integrated Power Supply able on the MNO’s web site at: nal peoples and accommodate nomic development occurring ments that are going on right Plan as well as the Bruce to Mil- www.metisnation.org/consultation proven and asserted Aboriginal rights when governments contemplate developments that may affect Abo- MATTAWA / riginal rights and way of life. LAKE HARVESTING AGREEMENT In July, 2004, based on the Powley, Haida and Taku decisions, the MNO NIPISSING and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) entered into a PROTOCOL province-wide accommodation agreement on Métis harvesting based SIGNED on credible Métis harvesting rights claims throughout the province. SUDBURY---MNO President, Gary left to right: Senator Marlene Greenwood; North Bay Métis Council President, Mel Jamieson; PCMNO COURT VICTORY Lipinski, joined with local and Councillor, Region 5, Maurice Sarrazin; MNO President, Gary Lipinski; Sudbury Métis Council Presi- In June, 2007, the MNO-MNR regional Métis leadership and dent, Richard Sarrazin, and Senator Rene Gravelle, Sudbury Métis Council. agreement was upheld by the more than 120 citizens in Sudbury Ontario Court of Justice in R. v. Lau- on to sign a Protocol, which aims mark Powley case. By working work together to ensure all Métis council and Métis people as a rin as “legally defensible” and “highly to ensure the Crown fulfills its together, the MNO and its Com- citizens who live in and use the whole,” said Sudbury Métis Coun- principled” based on Haida and Taku. constitutional duty to consult and munity Councils will ensure all Métis traditional territories of Mat- cil President Richard Sarrazin. accommodate Métis rights, inter- Métis citizens will have a say on tawa/Lake Nipissing will be con- “The Crowns Duty to Consult NO APPEAL BY GOV’T est and way of life in the region. what is being done on the lands sulted in relation to upcoming is vital in our Métis communities,” In July, 2007, the Ontario Govern- “With this Protocol, the Métis they have relied on for genera- hydroelectric, mining and forestry said North Bay Métis Council ment decided not to appeal the Laurin Nation is building on the tions,” said President Lipinski. developments in these territories. President Mel Jamieson. “Our case and renewed discussions with Supreme Court of Canada’s affir- The Protocol commits various “The signing of this protocol is entire Métis community will bene- the MNO in order to fully implement mation of Métis rights in the land- levels of Métis government to a positive step forward for the fit from this initiative.” the MNO-MNR agreement. IPPERWASH REPORT INDUSTRY SECTOR MEETINGS: 31, May 2007, the Ipperwash Inquiry report recommended that Sault Métis again prepare to take the Ontario Government work with Aboriginal peoples on implementing the duty to consult and accommo- lead in advancing Métis rights date in legislation, regulations, and other applicable government policies in order to promote respect and understanding for this duty through- The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) held a regional Métis commu- community together in order to out the provincial government and nity meeting in Sault Ste. Marie on June 11th, 2008, to develop an get the ball rolling,” said Anne increase Aboriginal engagement in Trudel, MNO Regional Councillor. and benefit from the development approach to increase Métis participation in the forestry sector, In attendance at the meeting of natural resources in the province. and other resource-based industries in the region. were MNO President, Gary Lipin- ski; MNO Chair, France Picotte; INCREASING MÉTIS INPUT MNO President, Gary Lipinski, decision.” (MNR) have reached a Métis har- MNO Region 4 Councillor, Anne IN FORESTRY, ENERGY encouraged all Métis citizens liv- In 2003, in its first decision on vesting agreement, which accom- Trudel; MNO Captain of the AND MINING SECTORS ing in the region to try to attend Métis rights, the Supreme Court modates Métis harvesting prac- Hunt, Brent McHale; and promi- In January, 2008, both the Ministry this historic meeting. He referred of Canada confirmed that the tices and recognises the MNO’s nent Métis lawyers Jean Teillet of Aboriginal Affairs, on behalf of the to the meeting as “an important Métis community in the Sault St. harvesters’ policy and cards. Now, and Jason Madden, who have Ontario Government, and the next step in building on the Marie region possesses a consti- the MNR has indicated its willing- acted as counsel in several Métis Office of the Federal Interlocutor for Supreme Court of Canada’s affir- tutionally protected right to hunt ness to discuss an arrangement rights victories in Ontario and Métis and Non-status Indians, on mation that Métis people in for food and confirmed that two with the rights-bearing Métis western Canada. Ms. Teillet also behalf of the Government of Cana- Ontario have constitutional MNO citizens--Steve and Roddy community in order to increase was lead counsel for the Powley da, agreed to provide resources to rights.” Powley--did not need a provincial Métis access to the forestry sec- case at all levels of court. the MNO to undertake consultation “It makes sense,” he said, “that hunting license because they tor. Based on this meeting, a on the duty to consult and accom- the renowned Métis community were members of the rights-bear- “Métis rights are collective working group, consisting of modate with its citizens with a view in the Sault Ste. Marie region will ing Métis community and exercis- rights. We need to ensure that regional community representa- to increasing Métis input and once again be taking a lead in ing the community’s right to the entire rights-bearing commu- tives, was established in order to involvement in Ontario’s forestry, advancing the Métis nation’s hunt for food. nity is engaged and supports this engage with the Ministry of Nat- energy and mining sectors as well as rights agenda, since it is the Since 2003, the MNO and the process. The purpose of this ural Resources on forestry oppor- developing an Ontario Métis Con- home of the landmark Powley Ministry of Natural Resources meeting is to bring the Métis tunities for Métis in the region. sultation Framework. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 5 Provincial Relations --------- INDUSTRY SECTOR MEETINGS: BUILDING BRIDGES: MNO President, Gary Lipinski, and Don MacKinnon, President of the Ontario Power Workers' Common Ground Métis Nation of Ontario meets with provincial players in mining and energy Union (PWU). President Lipinski meets with head In the spirit of moving the On the same day, President established the context for a oping an Aboriginal Consulta- of Ontario Power Métis Nation of Ontario Lipinski met with Shane Pospisil, modernised Mining Act when he tion Approach for Mineral Sec- Workers’ Union (MNO) to the next level, President and CEO of the announced Ontario’s “Far North tor Activities, and initiated a col- President Lipinski and other Ontario Energy Association Planning Initiative” on July 14, laborative engagement process On June 26th, MNO President, MNO representatives have (OEA) and John Priddle, Vice- 2008. with the goal of developing an Gary Lipinski, met with Don been meeting with private president of Government Rela- The Premier stressed that the improved Aboriginal consulta- MacKinnon, President of the sector organisations and tions and Public Affairs with OEA. goal, both in the far north region tion approach. Ontario Power Workers’ Union companies in the energy and During this meeting, President and across the province, is to (PWU), as a part of the MNO’s mining sectors from across Pospisil presented OEA’s top five strike the right balance between COMMUNITY-BASED DICUSSIONS: ongoing efforts to build bridges the province. The meetings priorities for 2008, which identi- conservation and development. The MNO held community-based with key partners in the province. were a first step in providing fied common areas in which the Ontario wants to ensure that its discussions across Ontario, and At the meeting, President Lip- information about the MNO and MNO could be involved. Discus- mining industry remains strong. through these discussions, we inski provided President MacKin- Métis rights as well as develop- sions moved on to ways to pro- This includes making certain learned that Métis communities non and other PWU representa- ing relationships and creating mote Aboriginal/private sector that mining practices are up to have a variety of views on miner- tives information on the Métis opportunities to grow partner- partnerships; MNOTI-industry date, and that Aboriginal rights al sector activities, including people and the MNO’s gover- ships based upon common MOUs related to increasing Métis and interests are given the when and how they want to be nance structures and institutions, objectives. employment opportunities and appropriate consideration. consulted. These recommenda- including, the MNO’s employ- On August 14th, President Lip- to assisting the MNO in securing “We think exploration and tions were reflected in the ment and training branch. inski met with Chris Hodgson, funding commitments from gov- mine development should only MNO’s report, Toward Develop- In particular, Presidents Lipins- President of the Ontario Mining ernment and industry for its pro- happen with early consultation ing an Aboriginal Consultation ki and MacKinnon discussed Association which represents 60 posal to create targeted bursaries and accommodation with local Approach for Mineral Sector Ontario’s upcoming labour mar- senior mining companies across in the energy sector, and bring- Aboriginal communities,” the Activities. The report was shared ket needs in the energy sector the province, to discuss the possi- ing OEA members to the MNO Premier said. with the MNDM which resulted and opportunities for the MNO bility of establishing educational for possible partnerships. The Premier also announced in further discussions and fund- and PWU to partner in the future. partnerships, “memorandums of that Ontario will develop a sys- ing to move forward on the next It was agreed that officials from understanding” (MOU) and MINING ACT MODERNISATION: tem of resource benefits sharing steps identified in the report to PWU and the MNO would hold resource and revenue sharing Ontario wants to ensure that that would see Aboriginal com- undertake a Métis legal review follow up meetings to identify and with Métis communities. Mr. mining potential across the munities benefit directly from and analysis of the Mining Act make progress on potential part- Hodgson was very receptive to province is developed in a sus- resource development. and its regulations and nership initiatives, including, working with the MNO and to tainable way that continues to In February, 2007, the Min- MNO/MNDM conducting further establishing targeted bursaries assisting in the facilitation of benefit the province and istry of Northern Development regional consultation meetings and scholarships for Métis stu- meetings with his member com- respects communities. and Mines (MNDM) released a on Mining Act modernisation. dents pursuing careers in the panies and the MNO. Premier Dalton McGuinty discussion paper, Toward Devel- ∞ energy sector. MNO welcomes Province’s review of Child and Family Services System T he Métis Nation within the Aboriginal community “We have continually heard Manitoba Métis Federation to First Nations communities in in order to adequately address the from our citizens that nothing is through legislation. Ontario follows a delegated of Ontario (MNO) best interests of our children and more important to the future model initially put in place by an has responded to families in Ontario.” well-being of our communities Why is it important to consider agreement between the province the recently announced The MNO has formally written than the protection of our chil- Child & Family Services for Métis ? and the federal government in review of the Child and to Ontario’s Attorney-General as dren. This recently announced In response to increasing atten- 1965. However, there is no such Family Services system well as the Minister for Children review, along with these two dis- tion of Métis citizens in Ontario arrangement for the Métis nation and Youth, requesting that the cussion papers, will allow us to to issues related to child and fam- in Ontario and the child welfare by Ontario’s Attorney Métis nation have an opportunity begin more focussed discussions ily services, the MNO is undertak- system in Ontario is largely unac- General, in response to provide its perspective in rela- on the role the Métis nation ing preliminary work aimed at countable to the Métis nation as to the tragic death of tion to the current system and its should play within the current gaining a more comprehensive an Aboriginal people. Katelynn Sampson. challenges and impacts on Métis system in this province,” added understanding of child welfare in While there is evidence that children, families and communi- MNO Chair, France Picotte. Ontario. Métis, like First Nations and Inuit Sampson, a seven-year-old ties in the province. The child welfare system in are grossly over-represented in Toronto girl was found dead, with The MNO has also publicly MÉTIS CHILD AND Ontario is a large, complex multi- the child welfare system, ‘on the signs of trauma on her body on released two discussion papers, FAMILY SERVICES faceted system that spends over ground’ research demonstrates August 3, 2008. Her guardian at titled, Ontario’s Child and Fami- AGENCIES EXIST IN $1.16 billion annually on child that there is no formal surveil- the time is being accused of her ly Services: The Law, Current ALBERTA AND protection services. Child and lance, tracking and monitoring. death. There is serious discus- Policies and the Métis and How BRITISH COLUMBIA family services, which generally Child welfare is an emerging field sion taking place around the pro- the Ontario Child and Family refer to public social services and it is timely for the Métis ceedings regarding the custody System Deals with Ontario Métis, intended to protect children Nation of Ontario to be consider- of Katelynn Sampson and the which it hopes will help inform In several other jurisdictions, from neglect, abuse and exploita- ing these issues. The fundamen- possibility of the absence of any the government’s review as it the Métis play a significant role in tion, are growing rapidly in this tal principle of self-determination consideration of the best inter- relates to Métis children. These the delivery of child and family province and in jurisdictions will guide any approach aimed at ests of the young child. papers were completed as a part services to their communities. across Canada. mending quality of life for Métis President Lipinski expressed of the MNO’s ongoing tripartite For example, Métis child and fam- Ontario was one of the first citizens. The challenge ahead is his distress by saying that “this process with the Ontario Govern- ily services agencies exist in provinces in Canada to officially to reconcile with the past and tragedy emphasises the need for ment and the Government of Alberta and British Columbia. As legislate consideration of the build a foundation that is respect- improved collaboration, enhanced Canada. These documents can be well, in Manitoba, the delivery of Aboriginal identity of children in ful of today’s aspirations of the supports and stronger safeguards found on our web site at child and family services has child welfare decisions. The pro- Métis nation. within the overall system as well as www.metisnation.org. been successfully devolved to the vision for child welfare services ∞ 6 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR Métis Council News NORTH SHORE MÉTIS COUNCIL NORTHWEST MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO RR #2 Thessalon, ON 34 B King Street, Dryden, ON P8N 1B3 Tel: 705-842-3063 Tel: (807) 223-8082 c.I.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org THE NIAGARA REGION MÉTIS COUNCIL JOINS WELLAND'S ROSE PARADE MÉTIS COMMUNITY VOICES: Dryden Métis paid a visit by ALISON POWELL On July 8th the Northwest below, left to right: Derrick Pont, Margaret Quesnelle (wife of Senator Stephen), Stephen Ques- Métis Nation of Ontario in Dry- nelle NRMC Senator), Janice Booth, Barbaranne Wright (NRMC President), Peter Rivers den received a visit from the (Region 9 Councillor), Richard Paquette (NRMC Chair), Karen Pierce and Amanda Lipinski.) Honourable Jean-Pierre Black- burn, Minister of Labour and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Cana- da for the Regions of Quebec. With him were his two aides, Michael Winterburn and Andrea Kant as well as Greg Rickford, candidate for the Kenora Conservative Associa- tion and Anna Ayotte, president of the association. The purpose of their visit was to observe our facility and see what we do for the Métis community. President of the Métis Nation in Dryden, Alvina Cimon, said: “We were pleased and quite surprised to have the honour of their visit to our small town of Dryden. This gave us the opportunity to Métis on parade meet a government official on a personal level.” The visitors were friendly and appeared interested in what we had to offer and say. “It was a positive show of By RICK PAQUETTE some modifications to the trailer concern and support by a at Karen's and then assembled member of parliament; as a C elebrating Father's Day and rearranged the pieces on the health branch service worker, I and Welland's 150th float until they were satisfied appreciated their sincere inter- anniversary on the with the look of the finished est,” said Don McDonald, the same day did not design. On the day of the parade Long Term Care Coordinator. sound like a very good everything came together beauti- Special thanks to Darleen idea to me. However, as it turned fully with a wonderful turnout of Nordlum for all her informa- out, it was a wonderful day! almost 40 Métis citizens. tion and assistance. The NRMC participated in the Becky Vander Sanden and Welland Rose Parade under beau- Tammy Wintle from the MNO tiful sunny skies and warm weather. The parade had 150 staff attended with their families. Becky's son Dalton was a good Words contributors in various forms from marching bands, pipes and drums, antique fire trucks, the sport and looked great in his costume. It was really terrific that our Region 9 Councillor, Peter from Shriners and a wide variety of floats. Maybe I am a little biased, and hours sewing flowers onto material which was later attached “WE RECEIVED MANY CHEERS AS Rivers, and his fiancée drove all the way from Windsor to walk Windsor but I think the entry for the Nia- to the sides of our float. The fin- THE FLOAT DROVE with us in the parade. gara Region Métis Council was ished product appeared to look BY AND SEVERAL A special thanks goes to by SENATOR R.E. SCOFIELD one of the best. We received like a Métis sash. PEOPLE JUMPED UP Amanda Lipinski who was our many cheers as the float drove Thanks to the efforts of Karen AND STARTED TO photographer for the parade and Well the staff in the Windsor by and several people jumped up Pierce, Councillor, we were able DANCE WHEN THEY who did a great job of taking all office is busy and keeping the and started to dance when they to secure a truck and trailer sup- HEARD THAT those pictures. She had a difficult work of the MNO up-to-date. heard that Métis fiddle music plied through the generosity of task weaving her way through the They are working in co-opera- MÉTIS FIDDLE coming from our float. Others her employer, Vancor Supply. crowds on both sides of the tion with the rest of the Abo- tapped their feet from their lawn Karen's husband, John, was our MUSIC COMING street and still keeping up with riginal community. chairs. driver for the day. John likes to FROM OUR FLOAT.” us, but she managed. Other peo- Our council has been hold- When we first decided to drive race cars, so this was a bit ple who had a tough job were ing meetings--starting in Sep- enter the parade, there were of a slower pace for him. Rick were made through the com- the ones assigned the task of tember--to fill all the vacant many details that we had to Paquette, Chair, and Senator bined efforts of Janice Booth, pulling the Red River Cart. I think positions and rebuild our address. We formed a committee Stephen put the banner together Councillor, and Margaret Ques- they had a taste of what some council. We wish to thank the right away that consisted of Der- with the assistance of Rick's nelle. These ladies spent many early Métis went through because PCMNO and the Hamilton rick Pont, Councillor, and daughter, Andrea. On the day of hours working on the clothing we had trouble with the wheels office for their help. Stephen Quesnelle, Senator. the parade, Andrea and and everyone looked just great. which created a great deal of A big thanks to Jim Turner They came up with a great Stephen's two daughters, There- Stephen and Derrick spent a work for them, but they did not for sending the picture of the theme: “Métis Then and Now”. sa and Kathleen, were our colour couple of weekends in Steve's slow the parade down at all! Métis flag pole in my front yard Since the parade is the “Rose guard with the red and blue driveway building our Red River Everyone deserves a great big to the Voyageur. It was a real Parade” the organisers encour- Métis flags flanking the Canadian Cart. Steve's son-in-law came thank you for helping to make surprise to me to see the pic- age the use of flowers on the flag. Some of the outfits that over to help with the finishing the Métis float the success that it ture. The flag pole was a gift to floats. Margaret Quesnelle, wife were worn were borrowed from touches. On the day before the was. Each of you should be very me, built by Jim and installed of Senator Stephen, spent hours Glen Lipinski, while the rest parade Steve and Rick made proud of your contribution! by Jim and Roger Sleigh. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 7 MÉTIS COMMUNITY NEWS: FIRST ROUND OF COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS COVER PROVINCE GRAND RIVER MÉTIS COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER: COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS: Thunder Bay’s new Aboriginal Liaison working to improve community relations O n August 5, 2008, the As we enter the traditional City of Thunder Bay “gathering” season, Anna has welcomed its new begun gathering the people, Aboriginal Liaison, Anna Gib- ideas, resources, stories and bon, into the fold. As part of histories she will need to help the city’s 2007-2010 Strategic guide her on this new and Plan, the Aboriginal Liaison will exciting journey. She invites work to improve relations you to join her as she works to between the city and its Aborig- make things better for all mem- inal community. bers of the Aboriginal commu- Anna brings to this position nity and the community as a a unique cultural and profes- whole. sional background. A Thunder Anna’s office is presently Bay girl, born and mostly located in the City Clerk’s raised, she has always had her office in Victoriaville Mall and feet firmly planted in two cul- she can be reached by calling tures–Anishnawbek from her (807) 625-2146 or email at: mother’s family and western email@example.com. Built from a lightning-struck tree, Niimkii (thunder spirit) will be used to raise funds for council. European from her father’s side. INTRODUCING NIIMKII! Anna’s professional career spans both public and private sectors. She has been a correc- tional officer, consultant, train- er, mediator, negotiator and a By BARBARA WHITE The creator of this magnificent up with the best plan to ensure human resources manager. canoe has named it. It's called, that everyone has a chance to win Throughout her career, Anna I n the last Voyageur, I wrote “Niimkii”. The birch bark that Mar- this wonderful piece of artwork. has enjoyed working with vari- an article about an amazing cel used is from a tree that was hit Of course, we will require the ous Aboriginal groups in and offer our community council by lightning. This makes our assistance of our Métis citizens to around Thunder Bay, focussing had received. Aboriginal artist, canoe special. Niimkii is “thunder accomplish the best fundraising primarily on alternative justice Marcel Labelle, has built and spirit”. Niimkii was built with effort ever! and dispute resolution. Her donated a birch bark canoe to tremendous heart, spirit, and gen- We will be asking the MNO to combined personal and profes- raise funds for our local council. erosity and is pictured above. post this on their web site, as well sional experiences have laid a It is with tremendous pride The council will be discussing as in the Voyageur so that all will solid foundation on which to Anna Gibbon is the City of that I let our citizens know that the fundraising efforts, and put- know when this is going up for build the Aboriginal Liaison Thunder Bay’s new Aboriginal the canoe has been completed! ting our heads together to come raffle. Office. Liaison. Owen Sound Métis celebrate heritage by SCOTT DUNN lived. Couture died in 1909 and returned to fish, hunt and trap. Monday, June 23, 2008 his story was presented in 2005 at He was tall, 6' 4'', big and the museum as part of an exhibit strong, a great boxer and wrestler. L eora Wilson said she from Alberta about the Métis, at “But with all his strength and all didn't know who the museum heritage department his love for game, he was never Métis people were when head Petal Furness's initiative. quarrelsome. He was always con- family research revealed From various sources, it is sidered one of Owen Sound's she herself was descended from believed that Joe Couture arrive most peaceable and law-abiding French and native Indian blood. in Owen Sound by boat as a sail citizens.” That discovery more than 10 maker's apprentice and remained Yet Wilson said that when her years ago led to her presence Sat- to fish. In 1902 an Owen Sound great-grandfather died, his family urday afternoon at Grey Roots, newspaper referred to the sight had to leave home because they where she welcomed visitors to a of an elderly Joe Couture “as he were considered squatters. celebration at the museum of rowed up to Town from the Another newspaper item Métis heritage. French Village.” announcing Couture's death in “Its been forgotten, or hidden, A school textbook describes early September, 1909, at about all this time,” Wilson said, wearing how legendary local painter Tom 80 years old, lamented the pass- a traditional Métis sash and Jeff Wilson, Rebekah Wilson, Jesse Couture and Leora Wilson hold a Thomson went on fishing trips dream catcher earrings. “Every- photo of ancestor Joe Couture. Photo by James Masters for The Sun Times with “old Joe Cloture, a French- HE WAS KNOWN body swept it under the table, Canadian fisherman who had a didn't want to be half-breed or two-masted sailing boat that was FOR WEARING whatever you want to call it. Did- began to populate the country, a community.” said to be the fastest on the bay.” “SHOEPACKS OR n't want to be recognized as being and as fur traders began to adopt Her son, Jeff, is vice-president An obituary from the Owen MOCCASINS, part native.” native customs, which troubled of the group and his daughter, Sound paper, printed Sept. 9, NEVER SHOES.” Wilson, a retired Bell Canada officials back home, interbreed- Bekki, is also active in it. All of 1909, described how Couture had operator, antique store operator ing was officially discouraged. them, and Leora's mom, Jessie gashed his foot with an axe and and Markdale chiropractic office People who were Métis were (Garvie) Couture, celebrated the didn't recover. When his death ing of “part of the French- Cana- assistant, now holds the elected made to feel ashamed of their ori- day together. was imminent, he was returned dian element of the area.” It said post of senator in the Grey-Owen gin and over time denied it. Leora's great-grandfather was home from the hospital to die. he was one of the original settlers Sound Métis community of about Saturday was National Aborigi- Joseph Couture, who lived with He's buried in St. Mary's Ceme- of the “French Village -- a hamlet 150 people. She is considered a nal Day, so-called since 1996, his wife Marie Jones and their tery, the newspaper said. that had extended along the east role model. when the annual day of celebra- family at what once was called It said Couture said “his moth- shores of the bay from the Imper- Métis people were critical to tion was officially declared by the Squaw Point and today is Hibou er was a squaw [sic], his father a ial Cement Works to Carney the expansion of the fur trade and governor general. Conservation Area. One son, Frenchman, of the class known as Mills.” initial settlement of Canada. Inter- “The main thing I feel is Frank, began spelling the name 'coureurs de bois'.” He was known for wearing marriage was encouraged by the pride,” Leora Wilson said of the Coture but they're from the same The story said he lived “in Indi- “shoepacks or moccasins, never government and often it was the revelation of her heritage. “We family, Wilson said. an surroundings” for his first shoes.” Métis who bridged the language have a wonderful community The area where the Coutures three years before coming to this barrier between French and later here and we're all just discovering lived was called The French Vil- area. He later left to travel in Story reprinted with the kind British traders and the Indians. ourselves. Here we were lage, where a group of Métis fish- Canada and the United States, the permission of the Owen Sound As more European women strangers and now we've become ermen and their families also newspaper said, before he Sun Times. 8 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR COMMUNITY ART & CRAFTS: Kenora knits G “bee” MC by TRACY BALD for a cause by CHELSEY QUIRK highly necessary–especially given the harsh temperatures T he Kenora Métis Warmth Kenora faces every winter. F or nearly two years a group and Wellness Group are “We need to keep children of women has gathered at staying true to their and those less fortunate warm the Georgian Bay Métis name and knitting up a storm and healthy, and that is what Council (GBMC) under the Abo- to ensure that less fortunate we are working towards,” said riginal Healing and Wellness Kenora citizens will find warmth Quirk. Strategy to make a quilt. and wellness this winter. Since the group was formed A lot of thought and reflection What started as a few friends in July, it has produced more went into its making. The turtle sitting around with knitting than 65 scarves, 50 pairs of mit- reminded us of the Aboriginal needles and good conversation tens, 8 pairs of slippers and creation story and the reverence has turned into more than a countless pairs of socks. Next given to the turtle in Aboriginal dozen women with big hearts on the list are throws for peo- culture. The eight pointed star, a spending one evening each ple in wheelchairs and quilts symbol of the sun is a powerful week knitting for a great cause for babies. figure in traditional spiritual life. at the Kenora Métis Centre. On September 22nd, group The choice of colours symbolise The project was initiated by leader, Wendy Langlois, went the four nations and the four Métis Nation of Ontario Senator, into all of the schools across directions. The turquoise repre- Emily Quirk, (grandmother of Kenora to assess the needs of sents the blue of the sky and the head office’s Communications students, so that the knitters green of the earth, the brown, Officer, Chelsey Quirk) with can set some short and long the soil of the earth, and the funding assistance hand quilted waves are for the provided by a New “WE WANT TO CHALLENGE water, the basis of all life, and the Horizons Grant. The OTHER COMMUNITIES OUT infinity symbol in each corner for New Horizons for THERE TO START THEIR our Métis heritage. Seniors Program OWN VARIATION OF OUR The women contributing to (NHSP) supports the ‘MÉTIS WARMTH AND the project include: Jeannette Government of Cana- WELLNESS’ GROUP .” Brunelle; Barb Beaman; Rose da's overarching social Cadeau; Anne Zoschke; Carole Top: The Turtle Island Mother Earth quilt. goals to enhance the quality of Anne Moyer; Helen Bradley; Bottom: Senator Helen Bradley working on the quilt. life and promote the full partici- term goals for the future. Yvonne Bald; Marie Moreau; pation of individuals in all “We want to challenge other Mary Pauze; Anita Laurin; Geor- shows. Many thanks for every- tion. The quilt was made as a aspects of Canadian society. communities out there to start gette Robitaille; Gertrude Mari- one’s hard work, for funding memorial to the residential The idea came after Senator their own variation of our on, and Mary Mackie. from the Aboriginal Healing school intergenerational legacy. Quirk was involved in a no- ‘Métis Warmth and Wellness’ The old fashioned quilting Foundation, and for the contin- For more information about charge winter jacket program Group,” added Quirk. “The bees brought much sharing and ued support of the Aboriginal the quilt, or wish to join in on last winter – the concept of work we are doing really makes joy to the women involved. The Healing and Wellness Strategy. future quilting projects, contact “Drop a jacket off, take a jacket a difference, and the outcome quilt will be displayed at the new The sewing circle started at Tracy at 705-526-6335 or email: home” stuck with her and she has been phenomenal. Not GBMC offices (355 Cranston the end of the “Reclamation proj- firstname.lastname@example.org. quickly adapted the concept to only are we helping people, but Cres., Midland) and we hope to ect” in 2006 with funding from Tracy Bald is Community Well- this vision. Something very sim- we have some darn good con- enter the quilt into area quilt the Aboriginal Healing Founda- ness Coordinator for the GBMC.. ple, much appreciated, and versations too!” Gathering promotes awareness MNO Community Wellness Worker youth are accessing the service ing: Peel’s Aboriginal Celebra- THE SEVEN more frequently as time goes on. tion”. promotes Healing and Wellness GRANDFATHER So, where does the future of This free, family-oriented MNO AHWS Brampton lie? That’s event took place between 10 at Brampton Aboriginal Gathering TEACHINGS: difficult to say with the upcoming a.m. and 7 p.m. at the Sheridan WISDOM and awareness of the AHWS renewal lingering on the Institute of Technology and by SIOBHAN MARIE LAVERDIERE impact in the community and sur- physical, emotional, mental and spir- sidelines. However, based on the Advanced Learning in Brampton. rounding areas. One reason may itual needs of self and the people; feedback given by some clients Hosted by the Region of O n June 7th, 2008, Bramp- have to do with the lack of cultur- LOVE for one’s self and those and community members, there Peel’s Early Years Integration divi- ton held its first annual ally appropriate services in the around us to promote an atmos- is a definite need for the program sion, A Gathering featured First Aboriginal event to pro- Brampton community, a con- phere of healing; and more funding seems to be Nations drummers and dancers; mote awareness in the tributing factor to self-identity RESPECT for self and others to key to providing more staff. Métis fiddlers and jiggers; Inuit community and to recognise and self-awareness. promote the same type of healing As always, AHWS Brampton throat singers; and teachings by “Aboriginal month”. Hosted by As of now, MNO continues to atmosphere; continues to approach health on elders. This year’s theme was, 7 the Region of Peel and in part- provide the only Aboriginal-spe- BRAVERY to continue along the an holistic level. It is this worker’s Grandfather Teachings. nership with the MNO, Credit cific health service in Brampton path of wellness even when con- hope that the Region of Peel, In addition to Aboriginal fronted with obstacles; River Métis Council and Peel Abo- and the surrounding suburban along with other Brampton com- entertainment, guests experi- HONESTY with self about those riginal Network, A Gathering was areas, with a staff of only one per- munity agencies, will continue to enced cultural displays highlight- things in our lives that need to be an entertaining and educational son at that. Below is a breakdown advocate for Aboriginal awareness ing Aboriginal heritage while healed; event, featuring the “Grandfather of the areas served by the pro- HUMILITY in knowing that we and that, A Gathering, is only the community-based early child- Teachings”, Métis, First Nations gram and the corresponding pop- are all souls on a journey toward beginning of a bright path filled hood-focused agencies and and Inuit entertainment, cultural ulation: self-understanding and wellness; with health and wellness for the organisations exhibited informa- displays, vendors and agency Brampton: 2665 total Aborig- TRUTH in the knowledge of what entire community. tion on services and programs in booths. inal population, 785 total Métis needs to be done to bring healing Peel for families with children The Seven Grandfather Teach- population. in our lives which will set us free. Siobhan Marie Laverdiere from birth to six. ings, the main theme of the June Mississauga: 2475 total Abo- Community Wellness Coordinator The Region of Peel’s Early 7th event, connected people and riginal population, 760 total Métis 170 Steelwell Rd, Unit 102 Years Integration division has their health. population. Brampton, ON been working with the Credit According to the 2006 census, Caledon: 360 total Aboriginal Tel: 905-454-8951 River Métis Council, Métis Nation there are 2665 Aboriginal citizens population, 100 total Métis popu- email@example.com of Ontario, Peel Aboriginal Net- residing in Brampton, 785 self- lation. work, Peel Social Planning Coun- identifying as Métis. MNO Aborig- Oakville: 665 total Aboriginal cil and Sheridan College to inal Healing and Wellness Strategy population, 200 total Métis popu- address service/program gaps for (AHWS) provided a booth at the lation. More about Peel’s Aboriginal children and event to inform citizens about the many health services (and other Toronto: 13,605 total Aborigi- nal population, 3,650 total Métis “A Gathering” their families. Together, they established the Peel Aboriginal services) MNO provides. population. MNO. It comes as no surprise that in Peel Region Steering Committee in 2007, to Based on the trends of MNO That’s a total of, 19,770 Aborig- those aware of MNO AHWS raise awareness and to educate AHWS Brampton clientele since inal people and 5495 self-identi- Brampton seem hungry to learn On June 7, 2008, Peel celebrated Peel’s residents about Aboriginal July 2006, depression and anxiety fied Métis, with only one Métis- about their heritage and connect Aboriginal peoples and their cul- heritage and culture. appear to have a significant specific service in the area--the with community Elders. The ture in the first annual “A Gather- ••• SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 9 Walking Métis Cookhouse by Gail LeBlanc in Nature Medicine Walks in Brampton by SIOBHAN MARIE LAVERDIERE in the stomach, intense thirst, vomit- Lemon Squares ing, faintness, vertigo, and dimness 1 cup all-purpose flour O n July 5th, 2008, twenty-one partici- of eyesight, it does exhibit medicinal pants gathered to take part in a properties. According to M. Grieve, 1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened “medicine walk”, conducted by some values of the root include the 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar Elder Joe Paquette. The medicine lowering of high blood pressure, helping 2 eggs walk, which was planned by the with heart disease, reduction of ring- 1 cup granulated sugar MNO Community Wellness Co-ordinator worm and fungi in Brampton, was a way to encourage growth. Of course, you 1/2 teaspoon baking powder individuals to learn about cultural reme- should talk to a 1/4 teaspoon salt dies, and also to initiate physical activity. health professional 2 tablespoons lemon juice The walk took place at the Cawthra before medicating Trail, near Toronto, a hidden jewel yourself. Blood- Heat oven to 350F. Mix behind the busy traffic and urban set- root was common- thoroughly flour, butter and ting. One participant mentioned that at ly used by Aborigi- confectioners' sugar. Press in one time, developers were trying to cut nal peoples for ungreased square pan, 8x8x2 down the forest for condo buildings. dying their bodies inches building up a 1/2 inch Thankfully, residents fought to keep the Queen Anne’s Lace and clothing. edge. Bake 20 minutes. woods standing. The Elder also Beat remaining ingredients Among the various plant medicines the told a story about a plant called, about 3 minutes or until light Elder covered, was Bloodroot. He dug up a Queen Anne’s Lace, a lovely, white, and fluffy. Pour over hot crust. sample to show participants. “Bloodroot is a flowering plant, with a purple floret At 350F bake about 25 min- perennial plant, one of the earliest and most in the centre. The premise of the utes longer or until no imprint beautiful spring flowers. It has a lovely white story goes that there was once a remains when touched lightly flower and produces only a single leaf and a good queen named, Anne, and her in centre. Cool; cut into flowering scape about six inches high. When evil twin. Queen Anne had a beauti- squares. the leaf first appears it is wrapped round the ful, white flowering umbrella that flower bud and is a greyish-green colour cov- her sister replicated. The people ered with a downy bloom, leaves palmate five were confused as to who was to nine lobed, six to ten the real queen. inches long. After flowering, Queen Anne the leaves increase in size, despaired. A forest fairy the underside paler show- appeared to her and ing prominent veins. The gave her a special pur- Peanut white flower is wax-like with golden stamens. The root- ple flower to place on her umbrella so Butter Balls stock is thick, round and everyone would fleshy, slightly curved at the know who the genuine 1 cup peanut butter ends, about one to four queen was. Participants 1 cup Rice Krispies inches long, with orange- at the medicine walk above: Bloodroot 1 tsp butter or margarine red rootlets that contain an learned that white flowers with the pur- 1 cup icing sugar orange-red juice. When ple floret are non-poisonous, whereas, a skin irritant, so caution should be used dried it breaks with a short Elder Joe Paquette those without the floret are poisonous when handling. 1/2 cup nuts (optional) sharp fracture, little smell, (a plant called Water Hemlock). Additional walks were held on July 18th at 1 cup coconut to roll balls into taste bitter acrid and persistent, powdered Also known as, Wild Carrot, the root of the Etobicoke Trail in Brampton and July 26th root causes sneezing and irritation of the Queen Anne’s Lace is edible when it is young, at Heart Lake Conservation Trail. Each walk Cream peanut butter, icing nose.” but quickly becomes woody tasting as it seems to rejuvenate participants on an holis- sugar and butter. Add Rice Although Bloodroot is poisonous in large matures. The root has been used as a natural tic level: physically, mentally, emotionally and Krispies and nuts. Shape into doses, including such symptoms as: burning contraceptive. The leaves of the plant can be spiritually. balls and roll in coconut. OTTAWA REGIONAL MÉTIS COUNCIL UPDATE: Métis Community ‘By the Campfire’ by LISA PIGEAU your contact information to me. consider exploring this site to My contact info is at the end of assist you in making informed T he Ottawa Regional Métis this article. decisions pertaining to your well- Council (ORMC) Commu- Technology does help us con- ness. Further, in the Ottawa area, nity Wellness Program is nect with our community. The you might want to explore the currently planning for an eventful Métis Nation of Ontario Mental City of Ottawa’s site 2008-2009. Our largest gathering Health Demonstration project (www.ottawa.ca). You’ll find lots each year, co-hosted by the uses the technology of video-con- of great information on recre- Ottawa Regional Métis Council is ferencing to facilitate the Mental ational activities and other service the “By the Campfire” event. This Health and Wellness initiatives information in this area. Please event highlights local Aboriginal across Ontario. Further, the MNO use the internet as an information musicians and artisans in celebra- Health Branch is able to use tech- tool only; be cautious of the web tion of National Aboriginal Day. nology to facilitate enhanced sites you visit and remember the Last year, the event welcomed “By the Campfire” on Victoria Island in Ottawa. training opportunities for staff. information you discover should a whopping 342 guests! These Along with providing tele-psychia- only be used as a guideline and types of gatherings require count- cultural gathering/family fun day ty invited to participate in a differ- try interventions through Provi- does not substitute for the advice less hours of volunteer support per season. We will also be host- ent physical activity over each of dence Care Centre, we look for- given by your primary health care and co-ordination. I would like to ing various other learning and the four weeks. ward to introducing provincial provider. take this opportunity to thank growth opportunities aimed at Although the moccasin tele- Senator/Elder visits over the I wish you all the best in your everyone who contributed to the improving Aboriginal health and graph is an effective means of video-conferencing units. wellness journey. success of the 2007 By the Camp- reducing family violence. In the message transmission, we are cur- The internet is another way to fire event. It is truly amazing to month of July, we participated in a rently trying to populate an email seek out information pertaining Lisa Pigeau is the Lead for Mental see the culmination of all the provincial Community Wellness message list. If you live in Ottawa to wellness. There are several reli- Health and Community Wellness efforts from the 25+ volunteers. Initiative called “Nation in or surrounding area and would able sites that you may choose to Co-ordinator for MNO in Ottawa. We look forward to continuing Motion”. This initiative saw the like to receive information on visit such as Health Canada’s web Tel: 613-798-1488 xt.102 our efforts to provide one large Ottawa Regional Métis communi- upcoming events, please forward site www.hc-sc.gc.ca. You might firstname.lastname@example.org 10 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR PCMNO PROFILES: OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER: Notice of Community Provisional Council Council Elections for the HISTORIC up close & personal SAULT STE. MARIE MÉTIS COUNCIL Consistent with the Métis Nation of Ontario Com- munity Charter agreement, By-laws and Communi- Sharon ty Council electoral code, a ballot box election has been called to fill vacancies and renew mandates of McBride the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council. All reg- istered Métis citizens in the council area are Vice-Chair encouraged to participate fully in this election process either as candidates or through exercising their right to vote. The area of the council includes: S haron was born in Win- east to the western boundary of the Garden River nipeg, Manitoba, and First Nations Reserve; north, from Sault Ste. Marie has lived in Ontario for following the shore line of Lake Superior to the over 35 years. She currently Batchewana River, following the Batchewana River resides in Brampton, Ontario, north-east until it reaches Wart Lake, draw a south- with her husband Joseph of 22 east line from Wart Lake through Ranger Lake until you intersect with Garden River. Follow Garden years and her two boys Ryan left: Sharon McBride with Newfoundland Premiere DannyWilliams River in a southern direction until St. Mary’s River, and Shane. She can trace her right: Sharon McBride with British Columbia Premiere Gordon Campbell follow St. Mary’s River south to the United States Métis ancestry to the historical Border. The election process is as follows: Métis community of Penetan- Mississauga Heritage and the taken many courses on com- tor Reta Gordon and Senator guishene. Sharon became Mississaugas of the New Cred- munication skills and business Lois McCallum, thank you for POLLING STATION: aware of her background in it. She has received one of the writing. your support and encourage- Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council 1999 and from that time on highest honours from her The Métis Nation of ment. I can tell you that I am 26 Queen Street East, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 1Y3 has been actively involved community and has earned Ontario is something that very overwhelmed with all the Tel: 705-254-1768 Fax: 705-942-9802 within her community. two eagle feathers. Sharon feels very passionate support and such kind words • Date and Time of Elections: November 23, 2008 As an active volunteer for With her current position about. “I have so many people from our citizens across (Sunday) between hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 the Métis nation, Sharon was as Spokesperson for the that I consider my family now. Ontario. p.m. the founding President of the WSMNO she has been able to I always look forward to the This is a very exciting time • General Advance Poll for all eligible MNO Citi- Credit River Métis Council in meet with, the Honourable next AGA; it is like a big family for the Métis Nation of zens: November 19, 2008 (Wednesday) between Brampton, and was the Danny Williams, Premier of reunion.” Her vision for the Ontario. We have come so far hours of 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Regional Councillor for Newfoundland and Labrador; Métis Nation of Ontario is in the past 15 years and we Region 8 and the spokesper- The Honourable Gordon quite simply to continue couldn’t have done that with- RETURNING OFFICER: Hank Rowlinson son for the Women’s Secre- Campbell, Premier of British building a strong Métis nation out Tony Belcourt as our pres- c/o Métis Nation of Ontario tariat of the Métis Nation of Columbia; Rod Bruinooge, within Ontario for future gen- ident. With the change in lead- 500 Old St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9G4 Ontario (WSMNO). She is Parliamentary Secretary to the erations. The youth and other ership I am looking forward to Tel: 613-798-1488 or Toll Free: 800-263-4889 involved with and sits on Minister of Indian and North- citizens of the Métis nation working with the newly elect- Cell: 613-858-4809 Fax: 613-722-4225 many different boards: the ern Affairs and Federal Inter- need something that they can ed team on the PCMNO to email@example.com Peel Aboriginal Advisory Com- locutor for Métis and Non-Sta- be very proud of. With her assist with the mandate of the mittee; The Peel District tus Indians; The Honourable leadership qualities, prior Métis Nation of Ontario over VOTERS’ LIST: School Board; Historical Com- Michael Bryant, Minister of PCMNO experience and pas- the next four years. • October 24, 2008: Posting of the Preliminary Vot- mittee, and was on the judg- Aboriginal Affairs, and David sion for the Métis Nation of I would like to thank all cit- ers’ List at the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council office. Citizens are encouraged to con- ing panel in the past. Sharon Ramsay, the past Minister of Ontario she is well equipped izens that ran in this past elec- tact the Returning Officer to ensure their correct was appointed by the Minister Aboriginal Affairs in Ontario. for her position as Vice-chair. tion; it is people like you that address and name is listed. of Culture to the Grant Sharon’s diverse back- help build a strong nation. I • November 13, 2008: Posting of the Final Voters’ Review Team of the Trillium ground includes attending A letter to all citizens would like to thank everyone List at the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council Foundation. She was awarded Sheridan College where she When I made my decision to that believed in me; I will not office. Official Candidates will be provided a by the Chair of the Region of earned her Ontario Manage- run for the position of Vice- let you down. copy of the Final Voters’ List upon request to the Peel, “Volunteer of the Year” ment Development Leader- chair of the Métis Nation of Returning Officer. award in 2006. She also ship Skills Certificate; Facilita- Ontario I had to ask several CONTACT: COMMUNITY COUNCIL ELECTORAL CODE: A received the Ontario Heritage tion Skills Certificate; First people that are very close to Tel: 905-846-8645 copy will be posted at the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Trust Award for her work with Aid/CPR certificate, and has my heart, among them--Sena- firstname.lastname@example.org Métis Council office. VACANT POSITIONS ON COUNCIL: Marcel Maurice There are 11 vacant positions as follows: Lafrance Sarrazin President Secretary/Treasurer Women’s Rep Vice-president Senator Youth Rep Region 3 Councillor Region 5 Councillor Councillors at Large (4 positions to be filled) Hello, my name is Marcel My name is Maurice Sarrazin. NOMINATION PROCESS: Lafrance. I live in a small I was born in Mattawa, a • Deadline for Close of Nominations: town in northern Ontario, small town 45 km’s east of 6:00 p.m. EST, October 24, 2008. called Matachewan. It is North Bay. I am from a family Nominations are to be submitted in writing to the about 65 km's west of Kirk- of seven children, five boys Returning Officer by this date and time. Nomina- land Lake. The Montreal River and two girls. I attended high tions are to include the name of the person being nominated (the candidate), the position the candi- runs through town and it is a school at F.J. McElligot High date is seeking, name and signature of two regis- fantastic place to fish. In the in Mattawa. I joined the tered MNO citizens resident in the council area, sig- fall I love to go hunting for armed forces in 1977, and nature of the candidate accepting the nomination. moose. I am married to a never”. was stationed in Val Cartier, Liberal Party. Candidates may be nominated for one position only. lovely woman named Debbie. I am the Regional Council- Quebec, where I trained in I first became involved • Announcement of Official Candidates: 6:00 She has been my partner for lor for Region 3. We are work- infantry with the Royal 22nd with the Métis because of my p.m. EST, November 14, 2008. 32 years. We have two chil- ing on getting capacity fund- Regiment. I was then sta- brother Richard. This is my All nominated candidates must have their docu- dren, Samantha and Trevor. ing for community councils. tioned at the Citadel in Que- second term as Region 5 mentation verified by the MNO Registrar who will be asked to do so by the Returning Officer after the Samantha gave us two grand- The volunteers that run these bec. While training for the Councillor. My goal is to cre- Close of Nominations. The verification process children Sky-Lynn and Antho- councils are the backbone of Airborne, I was injured, and ate a provincial veterans’ ensures that all required genealogical information ny. Trevor has a little bundle the MNO. With funding, the given a medical release. council that is funded, organ- and proof of Aboriginal ancestry is in the records of of joy called Izabella. community councils will have Then, I met my wife, and ised, and self-reliant. I would the candidate at the MNO Registry Office. I've been on a disability the capability to keep the moved to Sudbury, where we also like to create a data base pension for a few years. Métis citizens better informed have lived since 1980, and of past and present veterans. SCRUTINEERS: Because of all the spare time about the activities going on where I attended Cambrian Presently, I am working on Candidates may appoint one person to be their on my hands I decided to get in their region. I hope to see College. In 1981, I married a Métis cemetery that has scrutineer at the polling station. Candidates may a college degree. Well, what the Métis nation sign a consti- my wife, Denise. We had two been lost or forgotten. My appoint alternative scrutineers but only the scruti- neer or the alternate may be present at one time in an eye-opener! The young tution in the near future. children, a boy who is now 23 goal is to preserve, protect the polling station. The name of the scrutineer and ones called me “old man”. With the participation of all years old, and a daughter, and document this cite. alternates must be provided in writing by the Can- They were a great bunch of Métis citizens the constitution who is now 20 years old. didate to the Returning Officer. One scrutineer per kids. In the spring of 2007 I is just on the horizon. I presently work as a main- CONTACT: candidate may witness the counting of the ballots. graduated. I felt proud of my tenance person at a long Tel: 705-897-6079 accomplishment. It was 35 CONTACT: term care facility. I am also a email@example.com FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: years late, but you know what Tel: 705-565-2342 small business owner, and a Any questions concerning this process may be they say, “better late than firstname.lastname@example.org director for the Nickel Belt MORE ON PAGE 14 addressed to the Returning Officer. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 11 Homeland News --------------- BRITISH COLUMBIA MÉTIS NATIONAL COUNCIL NEWS: ALBERTA Government of Canada signs Protocol with Métis National Council OTTAWA—On September 5th, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Fed- BRUCE DUMONT eral Interlocutor for Métis and AUDREY POITRAS Non-status Indians, announced RE-ELECTED the signing of a protocol with the RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF Métis National Council (MNC) to PRESIDENT OF begin discussions on a wide range MÉTIS NATION of issues of interest to the Métis MÉTIS NATION OF BRITISH people represented by the MNC. OF ALBERTA “This agreement marks a sig- COLUMBIA nificant turning point in Canada's Métis Nation of Ontario Presi- relationship with Métis in Cana- dent, Gary Lipinski, offered Métis Nation of Ontario Presi- da,” says Minister Strahl. “It ush- congratulations on behalf of dent, Gary Lipinski, offered ers in a new era of open dialogue the Métis Nation of Ontario to congratulations on behalf of between the federal government Audrey Poitras on her re-elec- the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis National Council, tion as President of the Métis to Bruce Dumont on his re- one that I believe will lead to con- Nation of Alberta (MNA). election as President of the structive change and improve- President Poitras is begin- Métis Nation - British Colum- ment in the lives of all Métis.” ning her fifth consecutive term bia (MNBC). “This protocol is the result of as president of one of the President Lipinski said “I several months of productive dis- Métis National Council’s oldest wish to congratulate Bruce cussions between the federal governing members. Under and all of the candidates in the government and the Métis her leadership, the MNA has Métis Nation British Colum- National Council,” said Métis become a recognised leader in bia’s recent election. The dem- National Council President, Clé- financial management and ocratic processes that are ment Chartier. “If we can keep accountability; the delivery of PHOTO COURTESY OF :MNC shared across the Homeland this momentum going in the Métis training and employ- are a vital part of the legitima- coming months, and years, it Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal ment services; economic cy and strength of our govern- could lead to a real breakthrough Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, Chuck Strahl, and development, and Métis identi- ments. with some substantial improve- Métis National Council President, Clément Chartier. fication and registration. “The Provisional Council of ments to the lives of Métis people President Lipinski said, “I the Métis Nation of Ontario in Canada.” look forward to working with The range of issues expected want to congratulate Audrey (PCMNO) looks forward to ''I commend Minister Strahl Minister Strahl and the Govern- to be covered under the protocol and all of the candidates in the working with President for his commitment to build a ment of Canada to address out- include Métis Aboriginal rights, Métis Nation of Alberta’s Dumont and the MNBC Board positive and productive relation- standing issues including issues economic development, roles recent election. Our democrat- of Directors to advance the ship with the Métis nation. I also faced by our Métis veterans, as and responsibilities, jurisdiction- ic processes across the Métis Métis nation’s agenda,” added thank him for extending his hand well as moving forward on Métis al questions, and possible areas Nation Homeland are at the Lipinski. in the spirit of partnership and governance, economic develop- of federal-provincial-Métis co- heart of the legitimacy, vitality mutual respect,'' said MNC Vice- ment and other priorities impor- operation on socio-economic and strength of our govern- President, David Chartrand. ''We tant to the Métis community.'' and other Métis issues. ments. Everyone who partici- pates in these processes-- THE DEMOCRATIC whether it be by voting or put- PROCESSES THAT ARE SHARED ACROSS THE CIBC celebrates culture ting their name forward as a candidate--should be thanked for their contribution to HOMELAND ARE A VITAL of Aboriginal employees strengthening Métis self-gov- ernment. “The entire Provisional PART OF THE On June 20, the Canadian Imperi- Council of the Métis Nation of LEGITIMACY al Bank of Canada (CIBC) cele- Ontario, looks forward to AND STRENGTH brated the culture, accomplish- working collaboratively with OF OUR ments and the contributions of its President Poitras and the GOVERNMENTS.” Aboriginal employees across MNA’s new provincial council Canada as part of the bank’s diver- to advance the Métis nation’s sity celebrations. agenda. Specifically, I look for- Dumont was first elected in At a special event hosted by the ward to continuing to serve December, 2005, when he won bank’s Aboriginal affinity group, with President Poitras on the a large majority in the MNBC known as the CIBC Aboriginal Métis National Council’s Board provincial by-election. Begin- Employee Circle, more than 100 of Governors,” concluded ning his second term, Presi- guests were treated to a tradition- President Lipinski. dent Dumont said: “…I am al smudge ceremony, storytelling committed to continuing the by Aboriginal Elder Derek Bres- Traditional dancers at CIBC’s Aboriginal Day celebration. level of excellence and profes- sette, and dancing and drumming sionalism we have built at the by the Council Fire Singers & occupations. The awards also help since 2001. which takes a holistic and inte- MNBC for the past few years. Dancers. The celebrations were build self esteem and pride and In April, eight Aboriginal stu- grated approach in providing spe- Also I will ensure the MNBC preceded by a semi-annual nation- provide valuable role models for dents graduated from CIBC’s six- cialised financial services to First Five Year Implementation Plan al Aboriginal employee forum on Aboriginal youth. In March of this week Job Readiness Training pro- Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples,” will continue as we address the promoting awareness of Aborigi- year, CIBC donated $100,000 to gram offered in Calgary. The grad- said Frances McIsaac, Vice-Presi- socio-economic issues of nal culture at CIBC in the coming the National Aboriginal Achieve- uates received training as analysts, dent of Training and Development health, education, housing, year. ment Foundation (NAAF) educa- transaction processors and in cus- and Executive Sponsor of the and economic development.” CIBC has a rich history as a tion program of annual bursaries tomer service roles and are now CIBC Aboriginal Employee Circle. MNBC immediately began proud supporter of Canada’s Abo- and scholarships that are provid- pursuing new careers with the “Our Aboriginal Banking Team to prepare for the inaugura- riginal communities. For the past ed to more than 600 First Nations, bank. CIBC was the first to offer provides access to financial servic- tion of the newly elected lead- 15 years, CIBC has been the lead Inuit and Métis students enrolled job readiness training as part of a es in remote communities, ers who were sworn into sponsor of the National Aboriginal in full-time post-secondary stud- proactive recruitment strategy to through seven on-reserve branch- office on September 26th, Achievement Awards, which ies in a broad range of fields. This attract and train prospective es and an on-reserve agency to 2008, at the beginning of the recognise outstanding career year’s donation raised CIBC’s employees for a career in the help meet the personal and busi- MNBC 11th Annual General achievements of First Nations, total sponsorship of NAAF schol- financial services sector. ness financial needs of our Aborig- Meeting in Kelowna, BC Inuit and Métis people in diverse arships and bursaries to $800,000 “I am proud to work for CIBC, inal clients.” 12 INDIAN RESIDENTIAL Canada apologises, b “The Government of Canada sincerely apologises and asks the forgiveness of the mously said, “to kill the Indian in the residential schools and others never dinary courage for th On June 11th, 2008, in the House of Commons, child.” Today, we recognise that this pol- returned home. vivors that have com Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered an icy of assimilation was wrong, has The government now recognises publicly about the ab apology for the residential school system caused great harm, and has no place in that the consequences of the Indian res- It is a testament t our country. idential schools policy were profoundly individuals and to th which shattered so many Aboriginal families. Most schools were operated as ‘joint negative and that this policy has had a cultures. Regrettably Below is the text of that speech: ventures' with Anglican, Catholic, Pres- lasting and damaging impact on aborigi- dents are not with byterian or United churches. The Gov- nal culture, heritage and language. never having receiv ernment of Canada built an educational While some former students have from the Governme M r. Speaker, I stand before and administration of these schools. system in which very young children spoken positively about their experi- The government you today to offer an apolo- Two primary objectives of the resi- were often forcibly removed from their ences at residential schools – these sto- absence of an apo gy to former students of dential schools system were to remove homes, often taken far from their com- ries are far overshadowed by tragic impediment to hea Indian residential schools. and isolate children from the influence munities. Many were inadequately fed, accounts of the emotional, physical and tion. Therefore, on The treatment of children in Indian of their homes, families, traditions and clothed and housed. All were deprived sexual abuse and neglect of helpless ernment of Canada residential schools is a sad chapter in cultures, and to assimilate them into the of the care and nurturing of their par- children and their separation from pow- stand before you, i our history. dominant culture. ents, grandparents and communities. erless families and communities. central to our life as In the 1870's, the federal govern- These objectives were based on the First Nations, Inuit and Métis lan- The legacy of Indian residential gise to aboriginal p ment, partly in order to meet its obliga- assumption aboriginal cultures and spir- guages and cultural practices were pro- schools has contributed to social prob- role in the Indian tion to educate aboriginal children, itual beliefs were inferior and unequal. hibited in these schools. Tragically, some lems that continue to exist in many system. began to play a role in the development Indeed, some sought, as it was infa- of these children died while attending communities today. It has taken extraor- To the approxim Aboriginal mons is another first. The New Democratic Party claims only an hour before the apology that they could speak in the Commons. pounding drums. Inuit leader Mary Simon also said that it will resonate in of those people who leaders respond credit for the government allowing Fontaine, Simon, Chartier, Aboriginal Even though, the Native leaders had no time to prepare speeches, speak she believed “a new day has dawned”. Métis National Council President, The Prime Minist of Indian Affairs know to historic Peoples Congress leader Patrick Brazeau and National Aboriginal they did. Assembly of First Nations Chief, Phil Fontaine, who personally Clement Chartier, said: “On behalf of the Métis Nation, I want to express a am very sincere and that this is happenin apology Women's Association of Canada Presi- dent, Beverley Jacobs to speak from the suffered abuse at a residential school and was one of the first to go public deep sense of thanks and gratitude to the Prime Minister today for offering conflicted, because t derstanding about th A prime minister delivering an apology floor of the Commons. about it years ago, said the apology this most sincere apology to those peo- Métis Nation, our his to Native people in the House of Com- A day earlier Harper rejected a marked “a new dawn” in race relations. ple who have experienced the Indian temporary situation. mons is a first. That representatives of request for that from Liberal Aboriginal “I reach out to all Canadians today in a residential schools system. We have had serio these Native people were actually , MP Tina Keeper, citing precedent and spirit of reconciliation,” he declared, It has been a long time coming, but it with the Minister of allowed to speak in the House of Com- tradition. The Native leaders were told provoking thunderous applause and has been well received. I hope and I pray have agreed, and I b through his children and grandchildren. kids in Ontario, shou A s we all know, many Métis were forced to attend residential schools. With affection and admiration. that award. Those co They and their descendants are still suffering the consequences. ••• tracted me from the ceedings until I watc Following are comments and reactions from some MNO citizens. Dalton Mathias, son of Loma Rowlinson: the First Nation's wo i Mom, I went online and She got to me and m Loma Rowlinson, Métis Human Health Resources Co-ordinator (Ottawa): and their families who were all victims of one of the most despicable human ten. It is my hope that this part of Cana- dian history will be written by Aborigi- H watched the whole apology cause I know that this is an important [part] most because you co eyes and hear it in h his webcast ended a short while rights violations of modern times. nal people, supported by the govern- of our family's past--that and because her and was glad I w T ago and my eyes and my heart are still filled with tears. My children walked In listening to what the speakers had to say, and having all parties address ment, and included in the education system, so that future generations of you told me I had to watch it. I didn't think the apology would take so long. I end. I talked to kids school last year whe in from school and I could not speak our survivors, then hearing what our Canadians will know the truth; feel am a bit confused about comments her speech on this s with the lump in my throat that I was Aboriginal leaders and representatives shame and dismay, and will look at us made by the President of the Métis in her class didn't ev choking back. They stood next to me had to say in response, I find myself through new eyes, and with respect. National Council when he said the residential schools w and watched the final moments in the stumbling for the right words to 'Métis people of western Canada want my grade believed m House of Commons and the first thing express myself, but I feel the need to ••• in'. He said that quite a few times and I they know the truth that my son AJ asked was, “Is Grandpa share with all of you nonetheless. As I Jo MacQuarrie in reply to Loma (Ottawa): don't know what that means. Did he me watch this mom. Clifford watching this?” Then our now sit here alone at my desk, absorb- thank you very much for sharing misspeak? Doesn't he represent me to call Grandpa Cliffo daughter Shelbey asked, “Do you think he will be happy?” To both questions, I ing what has happened, at this moment I feel vindication, great sadness, relief, I your thoughts with me and our Métis family. I just wanted to gather you too? I was proud when the national president gave me the National Métis he's doing. Love, you answered truthfully, “I don't know”. I despair, hope and trepidation all at the up and say, “there, there, its all right”. Youth Role Model award last year ••• am overwhelmed with so many emo- same time. Apologies are not worth the You are so fortunate to have such a because I felt like I was part of some- Jamie Panco-Fox, A tions for my father (who is suffering mouths they come out of without sin- father who survived the loneliness and thing really important. But if he doesn't Babies Healthy Childre from post traumatic stress disorder as cerity and I pray to the Creator that the pain of the residential schools. I can see represent me then maybe the President (Sault Ste.Marie): he works on being a survivor) and Government of Canada, and all Canadi- his special strength in both you and of the MNO, who is proud of us Métis other members of my family and the ans can share and understand what has Angie, as well as in your children. In estimated 100,000 other Aboriginal chil- transpired. This is such an important spite of his pain he was able to raise a dren (Métis, First Nations and Inuit) step in Canada's history for the reconcil- fine family and will leave the iation process that needs to con- world a tinue with the resources required wonder- to ensure that the residential ful lega- school system, the victims and cy their families are not forgot- LSCHOOL SURVIVORS 13 but is sorry enough? e aboriginal peoples of this country for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry.” he thousands of sur- former students, and all family members neglect and were inadequately con- ly apologises and asks the forgiveness of dians on the Indian residential schools me forward to speak and communities, the Government of trolled, and we apologise for failing to the aboriginal peoples of this country system. buse they suffered. to their resilience as Canada now recognises that it was wrong to forcibly remove children from TODAY, protect you. Not only did you suffer these abuses for failing them so profoundly. We are sorry. It will be a positive step in forging a new relationship between aboriginal WE RECOGNISE he strength of their their homes and we apologise for hav- as children, but as you became parents, In moving towards healing, reconcil- peoples and other Canadians, a relation- y, many former stu- ing done this. THAT THIS POLICY you were powerless to protect your own iation and resolution of the sad legacy of ship based on the knowledge of our us today and died, We now recognise that it was wrong OF ASSIMILATION children from suffering the same experi- Indian residential schools, implementa- shared history, a respect for each other ved a full apology to separate children from rich and WAS WRONG, HAS ence, and for this we are sorry. tion of the Indian residential schools and a desire to move forward together ent of Canada. vibrant cultures and traditions, that it CAUSED GREAT The burden of this experience has settlement agreement began on Sep- with a renewed understanding that recognises that the created a void in many lives and com- HARM, AND HAS been on your shoulders for far too long. tember 19, 2007. strong families, strong communities and ology has been an munities, and we apologise for having NO PLACE IN OUR The burden is properly ours as a gov- Years of work by survivors, commu- vibrant cultures and traditions will con- aling and reconcilia- done this. COUNTRY. ernment, and as a country. There is no nities, and aboriginal organisations cul- tribute to a stronger Canada for all of us. behalf of the Gov- We now recognise that, in separating place in Canada for the attitudes that minated in an agreement that gives us a God bless all of you and God bless and all Canadians, I children from their families, we under- inspired the Indian residential schools new beginning and an opportunity to our land. in this chamber so mined the ability of many to adequately system to ever again prevail. move forward together in partnership. a country, to apolo- parent their own children and sowed You have been working on recover- A cornerstone of the settlement The speeches delivered by National eoples for Canada's the seeds for generations to follow and ing from this experience for a long time agreement is the Indian residential Chief Phil Fontaine, Liberal leader, residential schools we apologise for having done this. and in a very real sense, we are now schools truth and reconciliation com- Stephane Dion, and NDP leader, Jack We now recognise that, far too often, joining you on this journey. mission. This commission presents a Layton, may be found at: mately 80,000 living these institutions gave rise to abuse or The Government of Canada sincere- unique opportunity to educate all Cana- http://blog.macleans.ca/2008/06/11/btc-apologia n the communities Minister is supportive, that we will, for the question of who paid. As for do celebrate, with them, with you, with been excluded from many things by the have been affected. based on this apology today, address who paid, it was those young people all Canadians, because this is a day for workings of this House and its policies, er and the Minister those issues that are outstanding to our who went there, people like Don (Don all Canadians. It is a day for us to move wants in. w that although I people, the Métis. I believe those state- Favel is a residential school survivor forward. happy, perhaps, ments made today about the dark days who accompanied President Chartier in I know deep in my heart that the For more information on the Indian ng, I also feel deeply of the assimilation policies and I believe the House of Commons.), people like party leaders and the Prime Minister residential schools, you can also go to there is still misun- those actions that took place in this me. We paid. who spoke today spoke with sincerity, the following web sites: he situation of the House will be addressed and hopefully I hope and I do believe sincerely in not with the theatrics of the Commons. Legacy of Hope Foundation: story and our con- corrected in the future. the words of the minister that we will That has been set aside. I can see that. I www.legacyofhope.ca I really do feel conflicted, because I address this. I said that the Métis can feel that. I know that it is deep and Aboriginal Healing Foundation: ous discussions am one of the survivors of a Métis resi- Nation would be here to share this day it is real. www.ahf.ca Indian Affairs. We dential school, which was no different with those people who have waited for Finally, Prime Minister, the Métis Fallen Feather Productions: elieve the Prime from Indian residential schools except so long. We want to celebrate, and we Nation of western Canada, which has www.fallenfeatherproductions.com uld have given me he healing for the survivors might inal children in care is fewer than the media displays have gone and the real delivered and when the actions which omments really dis- rest of the pro- T just be starting and I feel that those are the voices we need to hear number of non-Aboriginal children in care. moment of truth is upon them. I ask the Creator to empower all caused the apology in the first place are changed. In this case, how govern- ched and listened to back from as they have their own sto- these victims to change the history ments move forward will demonstrate if oman at the end. ries of what it was like being in those ••• books, to put in laws that prevent this they truly “get” the magnitude of the made me feel the schools. I too shed many tears yester- Beverley Newton, MNO Manager ever happening to any other people inter-generational consequences of ould see it in her day as my dad is also a survivor who Human Resources (Ottawa): and to make sure that it never ever can those past actions; how government her voice. I believed was extremely dysfunctional. As a front- o many tears were shed yesterday, happen again. not only deals with those who have watched it to the about this at line worker I truly believe that in some way the “sixties scope” still exists in a S and for so many reasons. But we can only hope that each tear will wash The healing for the survivors might just be starting and I feel that those are been directly and indirectly affected by the past, as well as how those issues n Shelbey wrote more politically correct manner. As the away some of the suffering. the voices we need to hear back from have affected the broader communities ubject. The teacher prime minister was apologising yester- as they have their own stories of what it and respective Aboriginal nations. ven know what the day the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) ••• was like being in those schools. Going forward, we have to be opti- were and no one in was down at the hospital apprehending Pauline Desroches-Saulnier, PCMNO mistic and take people at face value me. Now, maybe a new-born baby. I at this time have Councillor, Region 7 (Midland): ••• believing that they will live up to their . Thanks for making more clients involved with CAS than ven though my family was fortu- GARY LIPINSKI commitments. However, the proof will . I think I am going ord now to see how not involved with CAS, so, to me, I'm having a hard time buying into the E nate not to be part of the residen- tial schools, the compassionate side of President of the Métis Nation of Ontario: hanks for…letting us know first only be there when we see action and commitment. Our hearts go out to all ur son, Dalton. whole “we’re sorry” story….As we all try to recover from some of the damage me tends to agree that the apologies are only worth anything if the person T hand the gambit of emotions someone so closely connected is going those who have been affected by this. Let us be supportive of those individuals, we may or may not have experienced as mouthing the words is sincere, speak- through. It truly was an historic day, an families and communities in the future. Aboriginal Healthy children, we must understand that ing the real truth, and it is coming from emotional day, and a day of new hope en Co-ordinator good things come in time. At 50 I truly deep inside. Let’s see how far this gov- for the future. Any apology is only as Special thanks to Loma for sharing her hope I'm still around to ernment will go once the good as the sincerity with which it is correspondence with the Voyageur. experience a time when the number of Aborig- 14 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR N O T I C E T O M É T I S C I T I Z E N S I N O N TA R I O PCMNO PROFILES: CONTINUED FROM PAGE 10 IPPERWASHAND THE Audrey NEW RELATIONSHIP Vallee FUND Senator I was born in Victoria Har- bour, Ontario, a beautiful vil- lage at the southern tip of Georgian Bay. I attended ele- mentary school there and high school in Midland. After high school I worked for a few years in the monthly pay- ment department of Simpson’s What is the Ipperwash Inquiry? mail order office in Toronto. In avid promoter of the Métis 1951 I came home and worked at nation wherever I go. The Ipperwash Inquiry was established by the tions that would avoid violence in similar cir- Woolworth’s in Midland until I In 2005 I was appointed as Government of Ontario on November 12, 2003, cumstances in the future. The Honourable Sid- married Allan, my first and only Senator for the GBMC, and later under the Public Inquiries Act. Its mandate was ney B. Linden was appointed “Commissioner” love. We will celebrate our 57th elected Senator on the PCMNO. I to inquire and report on events surrounding in November, 2003. The Commission delivered wedding anniversary in Decem- was appointed Senator Advisor the death of Dudley George, who was shot and its final report containing its findings, conclu- ber. on the Women’s Senate of the killed in 1995 during a protest by First Nation sions and recommendations (100 recommenda- We had five children, two girls MNO, Senator Advisor on the members at Ipperwash Provincial Park. The tions) to the Attorney General of Ontario and and three boys. When my Child and Family Service of the Inquiry was also asked to make recommenda- the Report was made public on May 31, 2007. youngest started school I went MNO and Senator Advisor for back to work outside of our Veterans. home for a few years. I have attended many meet- What is “The New Relationship Fund”? We have one grand daughter ings and functions including the and two grandsons, one of Federal Liberal Convention in A key recommendation of Justice Linden’s On May 15, 2008, Minister Michael Bryant, whom I raised from the age of Montreal where I said the open- Ipperwash Inquiry Report was the establish- along with MNO President, Gary Lipinski, and four to eighteen. ing prayers for the Aboriginal ment of a fund to improve the capacity of First Chiefs of Ontario Regional Chief, Angus In 1973 we bought a farm and meeting. I also offered opening Nation and Aboriginal people in Ontario to par- Toulouse, announced the creation of the “New raised beef cattle, swine, turkeys and closing prayers at the HIV ticipate in the many land claim, treaty, or Abo- Relationship Fund” ($25 million over the first and chickens. As Allan went to Forum in Burlington, and attend- riginal policy and consultation processes under- two years). work every day, I was left to tend ed an Aboriginal Women’s way in the province at any given time. to the farm. I learned to look Awards Ceremony at Queen’s after animals in distress. I also Park; the Aboriginal Women’s What is the purpose of the Fund? looked after the finances, did the Forum at the Native Friendship farm books along with being the Centre in Toronto; the 2007 The Fund has two broad purposes: “go-for”. Go for supplies; go for Women’s Conference in Vancou- feed; go for machinery parts. I ver, and the 2008 Women’s Sec- • supporting First Nations and Métis commu- • supporting Aboriginal individuals, organisa- could write a book about our retariat of the Métis Nation of nities to enhance their consultation ability tions and First Nations and Métis communi- adventures on the farm; some Ontario in Toronto where I said to participate in meaningful consultations ties to enhance skills development, training are funny and others not so opening Prayers. I have attended with government and the private sector on and education and build business partner- funny. We still farm, although we many other functions, such as a important land, resource and other devel- ships for sustainable economic develop- do cash cropping now. Drum Birthing and the wind opment initiatives; and ment, and employment. We got involved with the down of the Reclamation Pro- farmers’ market where we sold gram at GBMC. corn and vegetables, home bak- Allan and I attended the Har- What is being done? ing and crocheted and knitted vesting court cases in North Bay baby outfits. I have won many and Parry Sound. Following the May, 2008, announcement, the • Beneficiaries of the Fund prizes at the local fairs for my This is my third year on the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA) engaged • Governance structure crocheting, knitting and baking. I Region 7 Rendezvous Planning the MNO in discussions on the details of the • Funding requirements attended judging school and Committee. These three years Fund. MAA also engaged First Nations, Inuit • Guiding principles received my judging certificate to have been exciting and informa- organisations, other Aboriginal organisations, • Recipients and programs eligible for funding financial and business institutions, industry, the • Apportionment or targeting of fund for First judge at fairs. tive enabling me to see the devel- federal government and Ontario Government Nations and Métis I do a lot of reading and do opment of our Métis nation. ministries on the details of the Fund. • Mechanism for Aboriginal input to opera- crossword puzzles daily. I have I would like to say thank you Specifically, MAA is engaging partners on the tion of the Fund been a volunteer collector for to my Senator sisters and broth- following issues related to the Fund: • Performance measures for the Fund the Cancer and Arthritis Soci- ers for their support in the last • Administration of the Fund eties. I was also a co-captain on election. I would like to stand for the neighbourhood watch and re-election this year and I am Tay Township community polic- once again asking you for your How can I get involved? ing in our area. support. When Allan was on the Geor- Consultation material on the details of the Fund local and regional leadership or respond via the gian Bay Métis Council (GBMC) I have been circulated to MNO Community MNO’s web site. A workshop on the details of attended events and volunteered Councils and the PCMNO. As well, this material the Fund was also held at the PCMNO meeting with him in different positions. is available on the MNO’s web site at in September. As well, the Fund has been dis- In 1999 I received my citizen www.metisnation.org/ipperwash. Métis citizens cussed at various community meetings held card. I am a proud Métis and an are encouraged to provide comments to their during the summer and fall of 2008. What happens next? The Uplifting Falls by Raymond D. Tremblay Based on the input received from these consul- mission with Ontario, it will be brought to the tations, the MNO will be preparing a submis- MNO’s upcoming AGA for review and validation Did you ever notice the elegant sion to the MAA on the Métis nation’s interest by Métis citizens. Specifically, a workshop on And fluttering dance of leaves as and position in relation to the Fund. the Fund will be held on November 17th, 2008 They glided towards Mother Earth? Prior to the MNO formally tabling this sub- at the MNO AGA. How so graceful! How so comforting! Did you admire them when they blanketed When will the Fund be operational? The ground with a myriad of colours? It is no Wonder that their innate beauty mesmerised you. It is likely that resources from the Fund will not ment processes need to take place before fund- When you played in the fallen leaves, do you remember be available to Métis communities until the ing flows. The MNO will continue to keep Their haunting cries when you stepped on them? You knew next fiscal year (starting in April 2009). The Métis citizens updated on progress related to You never meant to hurt them. They gingerly cushioned your falls. MNO is hoping that funding will be available the Fund. It was as if they were sacrificing their lives to uplift your wounded spirits. sooner, but various internal Ontario Govern- Do you remember when they welcomed the first snow fall? It was as if they were Métis the Thirsty for sacred love. From birth, they knew that in the fall they would be Nation of Separated from their nurturing source only to return to Mother Earth and To their Creator just like you and me. They died to remind us of Life. Ontario SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 15 Métis Communities MÉTIS COMMUNITY COUNCIL UPDATES: Region 2: Thunder Bay area Métis community has busy summer By CAMERON BURGESS walleye and a fish fry. Thanks go was enjoyed by all. to the health staff for their partic- August 15-17th: Fort William W e have had a busy ipation. Historical Park invited MNO to spring and summer; June 19th: The 5th Annual participate in their 2nd Annual here are the details. Métis Community Centre golf Kesguin Pow Wow Days. On the May: The Thunder Bay Métis tournament was won by Cam's Saturday night the fantastic Council and health staff hosted foursome of Denise Kowolski Asham Métis Dancers and Fid- two, first year Northern Ontario (finance housing) her sister and dlers from Winnipeg entertained Medical Students for the month Edwin Martinez from Best West- the large crowd and showcased of May. This is the third year of ern Nor'Wester, retaining their our culture. At this event we were hosting and the purpose is to title from 2007. also given the contract for the show these future doctors Métis July 12th: The David Thomp- parking. Thanks go to John, Terry, governance and culture. This son Brigade, composed of 160 Robbyn, Nancy, Ken and Cam for year, they were involved in a paddlers, travelled across four raising $2510.00 for the Commu- meet and greet with all the staff-- provinces to take part in the nity Centre. luncheon, music and dancing; a Great Rendezvous at Fort William A $10,500.00 grant was award- day with a Métis commercial fish- Historical Park. Two MNO canoes ed to Thunder Bay Council from erman on Lake Superior (700 lbs. with Métis citizens and invited the City of Thunder Bay to pro- of fish caught); a day and night guests paddled from the Fort to duce and install a 16’ x 32’ mural spent at a Métis trappers shack, meet the Brigade and guide them on our building. More details to involved with skinning beaver to the Fort where we were met by follow in next issue. and deer; a day at the Regional cannon fire, musket fire, singers Hospital in Geraldton, followed and dancers and a welcome from Cameron Burgess is the PCMNO by a day on the lake fishing for the Fort's governors. A huge feast Councillor for MNO Region 2. Grey-Owen Sound Métis Councillor, Pete Coture (left); Councillor, Peter Gendron (centre), and Vice President, Jeff Wilson (right), proudly kick off the day's events with a traditional grand entry. Métis carry the colours by REBEKAH WILSON races, as well as beading and edu- cational activity books about Abo- G rey Owen Sound Métis riginal history and culture. celebrated Aboriginal Guests enjoyed musical enter- Day with community tainment in the museum's the- Métis people from atre. The headlining bands across Ontario at the included Rudy and Jean Couture Grey Roots Museum and of Bognor, David Dillon Blues Archives near Owen Sound at Band from London and Brenda Thunder Bay Métis Council members participate in the David Thompson Brigade Event. annual National Aboriginal Day Willis and RBC Country Band of celebrations. Grey & Bruce Counties. The event, which partnered The Métis nation, who Grey-Owen Sound Métis Council and Grey Roots Museum and Archives for a special cultural day, embraces diversity, was happy to welcome visitors from many walks of life. This year's guests Region 4: Métis Dance took place on June 21st. Refresh- ments and a lunch time meal were served to attendees, who ranged in age from four weeks to 98 years old, and came from towns all across Ontario. “I've Club of SSM leads socialised outdoors and enjoyed traditional drum music. All members of the Grey Owen never been to an Aboriginal cele- bration before, but I had a great time. Everyone is like a big family graduating class Sound Métis Council were in here; it really makes you feel wel- by ANNE TRUDEL Dance Club of Sault Ste. Marie cocoons, this dance attendance, as were several long- come,” said first-time attendee, and area, was invited to choose seemed most fit- F term members of the community, Barbara O'Halloran. or many, high school grad- whether to precede the students ting to bring the and surrounding Owen Sound MNO representative Scott Car- uation ranks as a prestige in or lead the grand exit of the students out of the area, as well as dignitaries repre- penter of Midland attracted many highlight of their school graduates out. Jeri Powley and auditorium and was senting the City of Owen Sound interested guests to view his career and a marker into the Rebekah Trudel, third year mem- capitalised by Sena- and various organisations from indoor display of Aboriginal cul- “adult” world. Jeri Powley of Sault bers, and Tammy Hill, first year tor Brenda Powley the community. ture, including traditional cloth- Ste. Marie was approached by member of the Youth Dance who gave a few Jeri Following a traditional grand ing, flags and foods that tell a spe- Alexander Henry High School of Troupe who all belong to the closing remarks. Powley entry onto the picnic grounds, cial tale in history. the Algoma District School Board Métis Dance Club, accepted this “We had chosen Senator Leora Wilson welcomed The event was a resounding and asked to participate in the honour. They performed the the butterfly dance to lead them all, and introduced Council and success, with many new friend- June 25, 2008, graduation. “butterfly dance” which requires out, because it symbolised them special guests. Vice-president, Jef- ships made and promises of Traditionally, in some Region 4 three dancers to perform it. soaring high as their dreams and frey Wilson acted as the picnic's return for next year. “It was a lot schools, the students, when For those who have not heard ambitions would take them,” said MC. of hard work, but I hope every- being marched in and out of the of the butterfly dance, the dance Senator Powley. Throughout the day, children one enjoyed it,” said Senator ceremonies are escorted by the has three main sets of patterns Among the graduating class were encouraged to participate in Leora Wilson. “We look forward school‘s band, a highland bag- done in sequence. Because but- was award winning Métis stu- traditional voyageur games, to seeing familiar faces, and many piper, or an Ojibwa Fancy Shawl terflies eagerly spread their wings dent, Jake Blais. Good Job Jake! including snowshoe and sack new ones next year.” Dancer. This year, the Métis when they burst out of their 16 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR CALLING ALL MÉTIS HARVESTERS! Filling the freezers for the needy by MICHELLE DALE munity freezers have sat empty! teers will be preparing and cook- long way in providing for our What I, and my co-workers in MÉTIS HARVESTER ing you a delicious breakfast community! T he season is upon us, when Region 4, as well as the Historic GATHERING: (bacon, sausage, eggs, home we’re booking our holi- Sault Ste. Marie Métis Council are fries, toast, coffee and juice), pro- For information contact: days, checking gear, round- proposing is to get as many of When: Nov. 1st 2008, 6AM viding you with a warm and Michele Dale ing up our friends, all in the name our Métis hunters together as Where: 58 Blais Drive, (off Whit- hearty lunch or a bag lunch if you Community Wellness Coordinator of harvesting/ hunting season. possible for a gathering on man Damn Rd.) Searchmont wish to not come in, as well as a 26 Queen Street East This year, I would like to put November 1st, 2008, starting at (Louise and Michel Blais’ home) family-style dinner. Sault Ste Marie, ON out a “challenge” of sorts. In the 6:00 AM. This event will have the If you are unable to make it to Tel: 705-254-1768 past years the Métis Nation of sole purpose of filling our local our gathering, but have been able Ontario health programs have freezers and assisting our com- selves will have access to meat to harvest meat, please donate Check with your local councils or supported local community gath- munity in ensuring that families over the long cold winter. some to your local health branch. health branches in other Regions erings for our hunts. However, who fall on difficult times or who Métis Nation of Ontario, A pound of burger, or a roast, or for information on their commu- sadly enough, many of our com- are not able to harvest for them- Region 4 staff, council and volun- steak from every hunter will go a nity freezers and gatherings. NAHO’s ‘08 EDUCATION: McGuinty Government National offers more Support Aboriginal for Students, Strength- ens Programs Role Models S chool boards across the announced province are strengthening programs and resources that support First Nation, Métis Her Excellency, the Right Hon- and Inuit students. ourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor The McGuinty government General of Canada, presented is increasing its annual invest- awards to 12 role models on June ment in First Nation, Métis and 21, 2008, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Inuit education by $5 million, to Chosen by the National Aborigi- help First Nation, Métis and nal Health Organization (NAHO), Inuit students increase their the new national Aboriginal role success. models were also celebrated at This new funding is part of a the Summer Solstice Aboriginal $15.5 million annual grant for Arts Festival in honour of Nation- culturally relevant education al Aboriginal Day on Victoria Island, (Ottawa). “Each of the Aboriginal Role Genealogical Jackpot programs to assist First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. These programs are open to Models being honoured today all students, which is part of the has a story of success,” said Dr. In the first Voyageur of 2008 we published a story about the genealogical quest of government's strategy to edu- Paulette C. Tremblay, CEO of a new Métis citizen, Capt. Donald Maxwell Fowler, C.D., (Ret'd) of Brockville, cate Ontarians about First NAHO. “The National Aboriginal Ontario. Donn was trying to sort out his ancestors and he shared some of his Nation, Métis and Inuit histo- Role Model Program supported ries, cultures and perspectives. by Health Canada will provide research and findings with us in this article. At the end we asked that any read- these 12 role models with the ers who had information relevant to Donn’s search contact him. I am very opportunity to share their accom- pleased to report that someone did! —LL plishments and inspire First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth to by DONN FOWLER young Grant boy--who was adopted by Smith and New pursue the life journey of their dreams.” I have hit the “jackpot” big time, many thanks to renamed “Smith”--the Smiths had only the one nat- ural child, “Margaret Charlotte” (b.1854, d.1926) Director The role models--all Aboriginal youth between the ages of 13 and Ms. Ethel MacDonald of Dryden, Ontario, who sent me a massive 109 page typewritten manuscript possibly named after my great grandmother Mar- garet Charlotte Corrigal (Scollie) Fowler (b.1850, for MNO I 30--were recognised for their (which arrived here today, 23 July, 08) concerning d.1936). Donald A. Smith was well acquainted with t is a pleasure to announce achievements and leadership. The the HBC's Jenkin Daniel (b.1740 or 1750-- d. 29 Sep- William Nourse and Anne (Corrigal) Nourse while that Robert Waldon joined Role Models for 08-09 are: tember 1823) of Glamorganshire, Wales; my pri- they were both posted to Labrador, and it is likely MNO staff on September 2, mary paternal link to Mary (Daniel) Corrigal that Donald A. Smith knew my great great grandfa- 2008, as Director of Natural John Carriere (b.1788-d. 23 Sept.1823), spouse of Jacob Corrigal ther John Fowler who was a “contractor of pub- Resources, Environment and Cumberland House, SK (b.1772, d.1844), the parents of Mary (Corrigal) lick(sic) works” and built railways and at one time Community Relations. Robert Animikii Horton Scollie my great great grandmother of Otonabee owned the charter for the Ontario and Quebec Rail- Bob has a strong background Rainy River First Nations, ON Twsp. Peterborough County, who lived quite close way now in the possession of the Canadian Pacific of working with Aboriginal peo- to the Hiawatha First Nation at Rice Lake. Railway. John Fowler's son, Robert Fowler C.E., held ple, diverse interest groups and Inez Jasper The remarkable Daniel manuscript covers contracts for several sections of the Canadian local communities, as well as Chilliwack, BC almost all of the essential Daniel family, a massive Transcontinental Railway near “Rat Portage” (Now natural resource and environ- Jenna Kilabuk HBC archives’ work undertaken by Lynne C. (Begg) Kenora, Ontario) and Robert's sister drove in the mental agencies through man- Pangnirtung, Nunavut Charles of North Vancouver and especially by a last spike linking Ontario with Manitoba. agement and consulting roles Kyle Kuptana Mabel A. (Quirk) Hykaway who was the one who The search continues. Ethel MacDonald (also with business and government. Inuvik, NWT researched just about everything the HBC has on related to Robert Goodwin [Goodwyn]) of Dryden, He also brings experience as a Channing Lavallée Daniel records. who so kindly sent Donn the 109 page manuscript volunteer and board member St. Ambroise, MB Interestingly, I have now learnt that Jenkin has been in communication with Mabel A. Hykaway for non-profit organizations. Katelyn Matthew Daniel and Robert Goodwin originally came to the of Winnipeg--the woman who did all the original Bob says: “I feel confident of Chase, BC Bay from London on the same ship. Jenkin Daniel Daniel family research at the HBC archives in Win- working in an effective and was “illiterate” when signing on in 1781. (Note the nipeg-- to check the HBC archives again to see if respectful way within MNO and Ry Moran death dates of both Jenkin and “his daughter” Mary Mabel can now find a clear and unambiguous Cor- its governing structures. The Victoria, BC (Daniel) Corrigal. Quite an unusual coincidence); rigal-Daniel connection one way or the other. MNO statement that ‘every voice Candace Polson also Robert Goodwin died quite suddenly while on Mabel is related to JENKIN DANIEL as is James T. is heard’ resonates with me.” Timiskaming First Nation, QC his way to Marten Falls in 1805. His Indian wife was Charles of North Vancouver, whose wife Lynne edit- We are confident that Bob’s Shaneen Robinson “Jenny” Mistagoose. They married in Manitoba on ed and put out the entire manuscript, all neatly past experience, insights, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, MB 23, Dec. 1841, a year after Jacob Corrigal retired to bound. knowledge and enthusiasm will Heather Watts Cobourg, Ontario with three spinster daughters Thanks to Ethel MacDonald for sharing her be a great asset to the MNO as Six Nations of the Grand River, ON and one bachelor son. research. If anyone else has information that might we move forward. Please join Jennifer Williams I have many official HBC charts for Corrigal; be helpful you can contact Donn by e-mail: us in welcoming Bob Waldon as Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL Daniel; Fowler (HBC ship captains in the 1700s); email@example.com or phone: (613)-345-5430. a new member to our team. Goodwin/Goodwyn; Grant; Hardisty; Hodgson; Morriseau; Mowat; Nourse; Scollie; Sinclair; and Readers are encouraged to share their CONTACT: Lead Your Way! is hosted by lastly, Donald Alexander Smith, whose wife Isabella genealogical stories and questions. Perhaps some- Robert (Bob) Waldon, Director the National Aboriginal Health Sophia Hardisty Grant (b.1825, d.1913) a former one you don’t know can break down a brick wall of Natural Resources, Environment Organization and funded by aboriginal soulmate to a Grant, but later twice mar- for you. Stories and queries can be sent to me for and Community Relations Health Canada. ried to Donald Alexander Smith. Aside from the publication consideration firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 17 Métis Youth 10th Annual North Simcoe Children’s Festival: Good time had by all Métis students receive by MARY MACKIE scholarships C hildren and their parents, grandparents and care- givers had lots to do at for their role the North Simcoe Chil- in making dren’s Festival this year. Over 200 children and parents communities attended the 10th Annual Chil- dren’s Festival held out doors this better past June at the Penetanguishene Centennial Museum. wo Métis students are Mary Mackie, MNO’s Aborigi- nal Healthy Babies Healthy Chil- T among the winners of the 2008 Canada Millennium dren worker in Midland, Region 7, Scholarship Foundation’s with staff and volunteers from excellence awards. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health award recognizes outstand- Unit, Penetanguishene Centennial ing achievements in leader- Museum, La Cle d’la Baie, Ontario ship, social innovation, aca- Early Years and Canadian Action demic performance and Program for Children (CAP-C), co- community service. ordinated the day of free activi- The award’s goal is to ties. The younger members of the Moreau clan with Sparky the fire safety dog. assist outstanding students It was exciting to have 20 dif- pursue a post-secondary ferent groups/organisations and ing, bike and helmet safety, obsta- children (in the photo) were talk- of the event. The plaque will be education. This year’s 1,052 volunteers bring arts and crafts, cle courses, family health display, ing to Sparky the fire safety dog hung in the Penetanguishene entrance award laureates interactive activities and educa- wooden boat and knotting about fire safety at home. Sparky’s Centennial Museum. Penetanguis- have distinguished them- tional material to one location. demonstration, a bouncing castle, home is at the Penetanguishene gene’s Mayor, Anita Dubeau, selves by their work in local, Clowns and strolling musicians and reptile petting zoo, just to Fire Department. brought greetings from the town regional and international kept the crowd entertained while name a few. Garfield Dunlop, MPP for Sim- and Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe development projects, infor- the children participated at the Aboriginal Youth Drummers coe North, presented a plaque to North, brought greetings from mation and biological tech- various stations of activities such (ages 8-12 years) and a jingle the Children’s Festival committee Parliament Hill. nologies and community as Aboriginal beading, face paint- dancer performed. The Moreau recognising the 10th anniversary A good time was had by all. fund-raising initiatives, while preparing themselves for studies and, ultimately, a YOUTH & VET- career. Hard work and dedica- ERANS' COUNCIL tion have spelled success for: VACANCIES TO BE FILLED AT Cheyne Dallyn a stu- dent at Carpenter High SUMMER AGA School in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan; Vacancies for the Métis Nation of Ontario Youth Council (MNOYC) Nicole Laplante, a and the Métis Nation of Ontario mother of two, attending Veterans Council (MNOVC) will Sakewew High School in be filled at the 2009 MNO Sum- North Battleford mer AGA, in accordance with Arti- Saskatchewan. cle 9 of the MNO Electoral Code: Cheyne and Nicole are ARTICLE 9. Vacancies filled at Provincial Award winners. Summer Assembly They will both receive a cash 9.1 If, after the close of nomi- award of $ 4,000 towards the nations there are offices that cost of studies at any univer- are vacant, the chief electoral sity or college this fall, officer shall, by May 15th, Senator Gerry Bedford with his grandson Carter Dodds. renewable to a maximum of announce in writing that $ 16,000. elections to fill any such vacancies will be held at the next Annual Summer Assem- A young Métis’ first “An investment in the education of these outstand- ing citizens is an investment bly. The chief electoral officer shall conduct any such Annual Summer Assembly elections to fill vacancies and harvesting expedition in our society’s future,” said Norman Riddell, executive director and CEO of the Mil- lennium Scholarship Foun- shall follow the rules set out By GERRY BEDFORD action whatsoever. dation. “These individuals in this Code with any neces- After a couple of hours, it was have already demonstrated C sary practical amendments. arter Dodds, who is affec- decided that we would head back their ability to better the tionately referred to as “Sir to the dock. We decided to try off world around them; they Therefore, no vacancies will be Carter” by Executive Sena- the end of the dock, and almost know how to make a differ- filled during the Special Presi- tor, Reta Gordon, went on his right away Sir Carter had hooked ence – something they will dents’ Assembly / AGA 2008 in first fishing trip on August 16th, onto an eight inch small mouth continue to do long after the November and further informa- 2008. Sir Carter was accompanied bass. His reaction was: “More! Foundation’s mandate winds tion will be posted on or before by his dad, Darryl Dodds, and his More!” In 20 minutes he had down at the end of next May 15, 2009. grandpa, PCMNO Senator, Gerry caught three bass, which we year.” Should you require further Bedford. returned to their rightful domain. Since 2000, the Millenium information please contact: It was a beautiful hot summer We packed up and Carter Foundation, through its dif- day on a private lake just outside could not wait to tell his grand- ferent awards programs, has HANK ROWLINSON of Orangeville, Ontario. Like real ma-Carol and his mama, Coral delivered 800,000 bursaries Deputy Chief Electoral Officer Métis, the trio headed out onto side and splashing his hands in Dodds, (Women’s Representative and scholarships, worth $2.3 500 Old St. Patrick Street the weedy lake with a 14’ alu- the water. He had no trouble of the Credit River Métis Coun- billion, to students. For a Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9G4 minium boat and two paddles. handling the dew worms and cil), of the successful outing. complete list of this year’s Tel: 613-764-1077 Carter was a little nervous in the helping to put them on the hook. It was a very good day for all of laureates and more informa- Fax: 613-722-4225 boat at first, but it wasn’t long Alas, like many fishing trips, the us and we hope to do it again tion visit: www.millennium- firstname.lastname@example.org before he was leaning over the fish were not co-operating—no soon. scholarships.ca 18 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR Métis Health SENIORS& DRUG&ALCOHOL ABUSE IN THE SUBSTANCE ABORIGINALCOMMUNITY ABUSE by GLEN LIPINSKI many of them are on regular pre- W hy are substances like alcohol and drugs abused? Contact with Europeans and European culture has harmed the traditional way of life of First • death from alcohol abuse • depression and other illness that may be caused by illegal drugs and substance abuse • cancer and serious health issues as a result of non-tradi- scription medications? According Nations, Inuit and Métis. This tional use of tobacco I n year three of our Sub- to a survey by the Kaiser Family damage includes the loss of • brain damage from sniffing stance Abuse Program we Foundation, 75% of seniors with homelands, traditions, languages • effects of the abuse of pre- will be focussing on sub- at least three chronic health con- and culture over generations, scription drugs stance abuse and seniors. ditions, take at least five or more which in turn has damaged the , • HIV specifically from the use One of the most serious medications regularly. overall health of Aboriginal com- of injection drugs issues facing many of our The “prescription drugs and munities, families and individuals. • alcohol abuse and depend- Métis elders is the misuse and/or seniors” issue is “pathetic” and Some Aboriginal communities ence which has been linked overuse of prescription medica- possibly even borders on elder don’t have more substance abuse to diabetes with some peo- tions. Although medication is a abuse according to one of our problems than the rest of Canadi- ple. It could be the cause or part of reality for most seniors Métis elders. Seniors are not ans, but others do. Many Aborigi- what is making a diabetic there are concerns coming from always aware of the side effects of nal families have to live and deal condition much worse. seniors themselves. I spoke with their medications. Improper use with poverty, isolation and unem- H Métis elders and asked them for of medication by our seniors is ployment in their communities. ow can problems with their comments on the subject. another one of the problems that Some people abuse alcohol, alcohol and other Are our seniors being used as we need to be concerned about. tobacco and prescription drugs as drugs be fixed? guinea pigs? “Yes”, according to Researchers at the University of a way to deal with difficult life The health of Aboriginal commu- one of our elders. Doctors and Manitoba conducted a study on conditions. nities, families and individuals can more important the pharmaceu- prescription drug use. Results There are also very personal be improved through a mixture of tical companies are constantly showed that 19% of acute care reasons why someone might physical, emotional, spiritual and developing new medications and admissions were due to improp- abuse alcohol and drugs or other mental healing. For some people want our seniors and elders to er use of medication by persons substances, including: this involves learning about their try them. Seniors often don’t feel aged 50 and over. • escape from pain (could be cultural traditions and values, comfortable asking about med- Prescription drug use and its emotional and/or physical) while for others it may involve ications or just can’t be bothered. costs are like a runaway train. • a family history of substance seeing a counsellor outside their Drug expenditures are responsi- Where is it heading? Can we, abuse community. Some people just ble for an increasing proportion should we, try to slow it? Is there • child abuse decide on their own that they of the Canadian health care cost, an optimal balance between • the loss of a relative or friend need to change, and they develop $9.9 billion in 1993 and $14 bil- effective medication use and • peer pressure. their own methods. Each person lion in 1996. Approximately one- overmedication? has his/her own way of healing. W third of the increases in cost are Here are some things seniors hat can drinking and Some Aboriginal communities related to new drugs entering can do to reduce potential con- doing drugs do to have taken action against sub- the market, and 24% to increased flicts and over medicating: your health? stance abuse problems by devel- use by patients (more prescrip- • When you receive a new Abusing alcohol, drugs and oping programs and policies that tions per person) medication from your doctor “THEY ALL other substances can cause physi- actively discourage substance Seniors, rather than youth or have your son/daughter or CARRY THEIR cal, emotional, spiritual and men- abuse. These actions recognise the middle-aged, are more likely family member research the LITTLE BAG tal problems. Depending on what that healthy communities are to receive prescriptions for med- ications that are potentially inap- medication; check it on-line, to ensure it doesn’t conflict FILLED WITH is being abused, how often and how much, made up of healthy people. For example, propriate; nearly 46% of seniors with your other medications. DRUGS. THE it can also: FOR some communities receive at least one inappropriate • Inform the doctors about all MAJORITY • cloud your think- ASSISTANCE restrict the sale of alco- prescription per year. Prescribing medications currently being OF SENIORS ing and affect co- WITH hol, and other commu- errors account for up to 36% of used, including over-the HAVE MANY ordination SUBSTANCE nities plan cultural drug-related hospital admissions. counter (OTC) drugs. DIFFERENT • increase risky/vio- ABUSE activity nights (such as Western medicine is con- • Always use the same pharma- lent behaviour games, crafts and com- cerned solely with treating the cy to fill prescriptions. DRUGS IN • cause problems or more info you can contact munity meals) to offer symptoms of a condition after • Be aware of the signs and THEIR ‘DRUG within family any one of your people something to they become visible. Treatment symptoms of adverse drug BAG’.” • cause permanent local MNO Health do that doesn’t involve of these symptoms mostly effects, such as unsteadiness, damage to a devel- Branch Offices, the alcohol or drugs. involves prescribing some kind drowsiness, confusion, dizzi- oping baby during Addictions Wellness Remember, no one of product from the “Big Phar- ness, headaches, irritability pregnancy. No Coordinator in has to wait for the maceutical Companies”. and changes in heart rate known amount of Welland or the community to make a Seniors trust doctors to make (Addiction Research Founda- alcohol is safe to MNO Ottawa decision on how it will the best decisions for them and tion, 1993b). effect you feel it is having on you. drink during preg- Office at become more healthy. will not question doctors about There is not enough educa- Note: This article is intended nancy. Drugs also 1-800-263-4889 The best way to make their choice of medications. All tion out there for our seniors in for information and educational harm the unborn ask for an impact is to ask our- too often seniors are not aware regard to the use of medications. awareness only. The information child. Ask yourself: Health Services selves what can I do to or do not notice changes to their In many cases medications are contained in the article should “would I give my be more healthy? What own bodies as a result of the changed when the old ones work not be considered a substitute baby this after s/he is born?” can my family do to become more medications they are on. Most just fine. Do we really need that? for the medical advice of a doc- Aboriginal people in Canada healthy? If we all take these basic doctors do not have the time to Canada needs improved policies tor. Readers should not make any have some of the most serious steps toward better health, imag- make sure that the medications to ensure safe, effective and alterations or changes to any pre- health problems because of sub- ine the impact we could have on they are prescribing are not con- accessible drugs/medications for scription drug use without con- stance abuse. These include: our Métis nation. ∞ flicting with other medications. seniors. Please pass on the infor- sultation with a physician. This At least one of the seniors I mation in this article to our Métis article in no way recommends spoke with referred to taking a elders who may or may not be changes to your current medica- look at the typical senior visiting aware of the issues surrounding tion use without the permission a doctor’s office; they all carry prescription drug use. The care of your doctor. their little bag filled with drugs. and well-being of our elders is The majority of seniors have many different drugs in their the responsibility of all of us. Make informed decisions CONTACT: “drug bag”. The average number regarding medication in consul- Glen Lipinski of prescriptions is projected to tation with your medical Addictions Wellness Coordinator grow to 38 prescriptions per eld- provider and pharmacist. If you 20 Division St., Welland, ON erly person by 2010. have concerns ask your health Tel: 905-714-9864 Think for a moment of all the care provider team to help evalu- email@example.com seniors that you know. How ate your medications and the SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 19 Sudbury volunteer drivers recognized by JOYCE CAMERON Burke of Killarney; John Haiste of Killarney; Monique Boulard of T he Sudbury Métis Council Verner; Norman Guerin of Alban; and Health Branch staff Yvette Gervais of McKerrow; held a Service Providers Angele Lemieux of Alban; Betty Gathering on Friday July 4th, Fairbairn of Webbwood; Stella 2008, at Mine Mill Campsite on Dumont of St-Charles; Norman Richard Lake. and Alice Viau of Noelville; The MNO Long Term Care Armand Trottier of Warren, and Program volunteer drivers were Kevin Dupuis. recognised as valuable service We would like to thank Sena- providers to the Sudbury MNO tor Rene Gravelle and the Sud- LTC medical transportation pro- bury Métis Council President, gram. These individuals provide from left to right: Long Term Care Co-ordinator, Nancy Martel; Armand Trottier; Pamela Gagnon; Edward Richard Sarrazin, for attending transportation to MNO clients Burke; Norman Guerin and AHWS Co-ordinator Joyce Cameron. and for their assistance, also our and citizens to and from medical provincial Addiction Wellness Co- appointments. They contribute mentary lunch, a “Problem Gam- a sharing circle. We concluded clients. Unfortunately, not all of ordinator, Glen Lipinski, for his many hours monthly offering bling” presentation, an “Individ- the day by presenting the volun- the drivers were able to attend. presentation on Problem Gam- individual support and friend- ual Wellness Planning” presenta- teers with certificates of appreci- Certificates of Appreciation bling. We would also like to thank ship. tion, a focussed stretching activi- ation for their ongoing dedica- were prepared for: Pamela everyone who attended and The day included a compli- ty and an invitation to take part in tion and contribution to our Gagnon of Spanish; Edward helped make this day special. MétisHEALTH A terrifying tale about child services Hamilton, Welland Métis at Health Conference by KATHLEEN LANNIGAN Hamilton and Welland Métis community members, councils, MNO staff and Six Nations of the Grand River Territory citi- zens attended the Aboriginal Health Search Conference on February 29, March 1st and 2nd, 2008. The focus of the confer- ence was to explore the defi- ciencies in health care for Abo- Practice makes perfect riginal communities in the Province of Ontario. We dis- cussed the changes that we would like to see in the plan- ning and financing of future by SABRINA STOESSINGER see the giant purple welts that can’t be cov- dren and people expect children to lie and health care initiatives. ered by her swimsuit. she even brings in another lady and she too Kathleen Lannigan is the A child comes to school with a red One day the child and her sister run away says it’s okay to say they lied. Mother turns Regional Employment & Train- mark on her face and tears in and the agency says, “you are safe now. We the story around and confuses the children ing Coordinator for Region 9. her eyes. Teacher says, “what’s will protect you; tell us what is wrong.” and tells them their little sister misses them the matter child?” Child says, “Our mother beats us with shoes and and if they would just tell everyone that they “my mother is angry and hits me all the hairbrushes and kitchen utensils. She makes lied they could come home and see their lit- time.” Teacher says, “don’t worry; you are safe now,” and sends the agency. us sleep in the garage and eat out of the garbage can. She dents the walls and the tle sister. The children are scared and uneasy and HEALTH Mother appeases agency with apologies and promises not to do it again. After the washing machine and the refrigerator with our heads. She drags us down the stairs by don’t know what to say. So mother tells the judge the children lied. Mother says she is THROUGH agency leaves mother snarls at the child. “Don’t ever tell anyone what happens again.” outnumbered by the children and needs to protect herself. Mother says whatever she needs to say so the judge will believe her. TOUCH Another year, another school, another “MY MOTHER The judge does believe her and says the teacher who sees child is sullen and with- PUNCHES ME AND children must leave the agency and go back drawn and wearing bruises. “Child what is KICKS ME AND PULLS home and it’s no use how loud the children the matter?” MY HAIR OUT IN wail and how tight they cling to the bench Child says nothing. “Don’t worry child CLUMPS. SHE CALLS ME the judge just won’t change her mind. you will be safe.” “No I won’t; I will be in STUPID AND FAT AND Six months later the child and her sister trouble.” Teacher says, “I won’t let that hap- UGLY AND DESTROYS run away again because the change didn’t REFLEXOLOGY & MASSAGE TREATMENTS pen. You will be safe if you tell me what is AND SMASHES THE last and both are homeless and both are on wrong.” Child says, “my mother punches me THINGS I LOVE.” the street, but anything is better than being HOT STONE TRADITIONAL and kicks me and pulls my hair out in at home. They go to the agency and say MASSAGE clumps. She calls me stupid and fat and ugly our hair and throws knives at us. She beats please, please, please, help our little sister. CORPERATE WORKSHOPS & and destroys and smashes the things I love.” us until we can no longer stand and we pee She is there with mother now all alone and CLINICS Again the agency comes, and again they our pants. Please don’t make us go back.” there is no one to protect her. leave, and after they send a counsellor. The The agency keeps the children until the “Don’t worry” says the agency “your little Pam Tremblay RRPr, CIMI Practitioner / Instructor counsellor talks and listens and gives advice. court date. sister must be safe because if she were being SERVING Weeks later mother tells the counsellor all Mother asks to meet with the children hurt she would tell her teacher at school.” Aboriginal & Non-Aboriginal the right things and says she feels better and before they talk to the judge, and the agency Communities Since 1994 says she is cured and the counsellor doesn’t says “yes that is okay”. Mother tells the chil- come back anymore. dren they have remembered things wrong Sabrina Stoessinger is the Long Term Care 705.689.1311 Child can’t go swimming that summer and she will forgive their mistakes if only Coordinator for the Sunset Country Métis Proud To Be Métis even when it is so hot because people will they will admit they lied. They are just chil- Council in Fort Frances. 20 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR MÉTIS SENATORS: MÉTIS ARTISTS MAKING THEIR MARK: Moon River Best Senator’s director busy year honours Continued from Métis Voyageur, June/July 2008, page 26 by RUTH WAGNER-MILLINGTON for Senator-Moon River Métis Council Métis T his past year has to be con- densed to make the overall picture simpler: Moon River Council’s Presi- film- dent, Louise Goulding, who is Captain of the Hunt for Region 7, arranged a grant through MNOTI and the Moon River Council, to maker research the history of the Métis people in the Penetanguishene by LINDA LORD Midland area and publish it in D book form. I wrote a poem called reamspeakers Film The Métis Paddling Song describ- Festival, 2008: “And ing the progression of the history the winner for best of the Métis, and also composed director is Shane a fiddle tune, to which it was Belcourt.” Cheers. sung, and named the tune Applause. Whistles. Louise’s Waltz after our “go-get- Talking Stick Film Festival, ting” president, because she Senator Wagner-Millington 2008: “And the winner for best takes on and accomplishes so director is Shane Belcourt.” much. The song was performed McCallum, because she had a More Cheers, more applause and sung at our spring general version of what it was to be and more whistles. meeting, which was the book “Métis”. She kindly dictated it to And “Bravo” too! launching. Then President Tony me over the phone. I rewrote Then there was the Cowichan Belcourt, Registrar Karole and changed it many times until I International Aboriginal Film Fes- Dumont-Beckett, and several fed- got what I felt could be delivered tival and the American debut at eral and provincial members of quickly to a crowd of 450 stu- the 2008 Palm Springs Festival of parliament who were there all dents. I gave my version of what Native Film and Culture. complimented me on how well it it was like to be Métis. When it All of the excitement began described the history of the Métis was over, Lt. Governor James last fall when Shane Belcourt’s people. Bartleman, Terry Souter, Director film, “Tkaronto” was a highlight of the Huntsville Heritage Place, of the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Melanie McLaren as Jolene in Tkaronto. Aboriginal Day and Julia Fitzpatrick of the Brace- + Media Arts Festival. With over I saw in the local newspaper bridge Examiner newspaper, all 100 people turned away from where the (former) Lieutenant asked for copies of my speech, the sold-out closing night gala the greatest miracle since the Globe and Mail, "In the city, Governor, The Honourable and permission to print it. screening, Kerry Swanson, the loaves and fishes. But how you see churches and mosques James Bartleman (whose mother The following weekend I Executive Director of the festi- could a first movie made by and other cultural places, but was First Nation and father Eng- headed to Oshawa Council’s val, called it “the most success- Métis about Métis be made any for Aboriginal people, the visual lish) was to be in Bracebridge for Aboriginal and Heritage Day Cel- ful closing night screening in other way? Shane has been reminders of your identity are a book signing. I wrote him an ebration where I had been asked the festival’s eight year history.” training for this his whole life. supposed to be outside the invitation, put on my coat which to play O Canada on the fiddle, Since its opening a year ago It’s part of the culture. city….But many aboriginals are has a Métis sash sewn down the and do a Métis fiddle making the film has received positive The theme of the movie in born and raised in cities, so front and around the hood, demonstration. I was pleased to reviews from just about every- the broadest sense is something where is our place?…” drove to town; bought his book, see Senator Olivene Tiedema one—The Globe and Mail; EYE like, “two people Largely autobiographi- and handed him the invitation I presented with a Métis sash with WEEKLY; NOW; The Ottawa trying to find them- cal, the story seems to ring had just written him to attend her picture on it. This sash was Sun, and The Ottawa Citizen. selves.” It’s a theme true for many, native or our June 21st Aboriginal Day cel- specially made, and is to be worn In true Métis fashion, the that recurs in not. "…I think if you take ebration held at the Huntsville by the Oshawa Métis Council movie was made on a minus- almost every book it a step back, it's anyone Heritage Place. He looked at my dancers, who will be called the cule budget, with very few peo- and every movie. who has mixed ancestry or coat with its sash and smiled. Olivine Bousquet Dance Group, ple and not enough time. It’s the universal mixed identity or anybody Several weeks later I was phoned in honour of all she has done for Sound familiar? The actual quest, but in this that is trying to fit into the by his secretary; he had accept- the Métis cause. budget was $25,000; it was case it is more per- North American thing but ed! And came! filmed over 17 days--eight sonal because the is still trying to maintain Huntsville Heritage Place has Senators’ Forum months from script to post-pro- two leading charac- their sorta cultural identity SHANE log cabins in which we demon- I attended the Senators’ duction; there were six crew ters are Aboriginal. BELCOURT within that," said Belcourt. strated trapping, bannock mak- Forum at the AGA in Thunder members, and Shane Belcourt They are travellers, TKARONTO has been ing, talking stick making, gourd Bay, and during the tributes to as filmmaker, writer, director, as we all are— sold to superchannel. painting, drum making and tradi- the recently deceased Senator cinematographer, producer, and metaphorically speaking—and Check out www.tkaronto.net tional clothing. I also did a Marion Larkman, I composed a songwriter. I think every review they aren’t just looking for per- where screenings will be posted demonstration of Métis fiddle tune for Marion, and played it for I read commented on the short- sonal identity; they are looking from now until January 2009. versus traditional violinmaking. the Senators. age of money, time and people for cultural identity. As Shane DVDs will not be available until The Lieutenant Governor--wear- As a Senator at the AGA, I was as if the accomplishment were said in an interview with The July 2010. ing a Métis sash--along with other asked by Christi Belcourt who invited dignitaries, 450 school was doing an art class, to partici- children, their teachers and par- pate, and interact with the kids proud, not ashamed of who we Métis Fiddle-making forms to complete (only this ent volunteers looked on. We who might attend. We spent a are as Métis. Civic holiday, I did Métis fid- time the stipend and gas unveiled a special plaque very interesting morning. Three At the AGA I also attended the dle making at the Sault Ste. allowance offered was half of the acknowledging the Métis people of the boys and one of the Senators -Youth story telling Marie Canal locks in an exhibit of year before). I phoned to inquire to be on permanent display at teenage girls, told me about how time. Where I was pleased to Métis culture put on by Parks and was told that the same peo- Huntsville Heritage Place. We they were made fun of at school have the opportunity to play the Canada. ple would probably attend and passed out copies of the Métis because of the way they talked-- fiddle along with the very talent- In 2006, I was asked to attend so possibly they already knew Paddling Song, to everyone. Our with a Michif accent, because ed auto harp player, Senator a Métis Day celebration at Dis- what I would say so they were chairperson, Verna Porter, her that was spoken at home to live- Leora Wilson, and Senator Elmer covery Harbour in Penetan- only offering half of the year cousin and I played it while in grandparents, and about how Ross on his Métis mouth organ. guishene and do a Métis Fiddle before! With gas prices going up, everyone sang the words. they went hunting with their Senator Leora asked me to play making demonstration, which I the trip from St.Joseph Island That same day at Huntsville families, and although they liked the Marion Larkman Song I had did and received a nominal and my time and effort staying Heritage Place there were doing it, they felt different from composed, and she picked up on stipend and gas allowance. In the same, I declined! speeches. As Senator, I was asked their peers at school. We talked it right away, and we had a good 2007, I was contacted and asked to speak. I phoned Senator Lois about how we must learn to be time jamming. to do it again, and was sent the continued page 22 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 21 AboriginalARTS New Aboriginal Arts Officer for OAC This past July, Sara Roque was named Aboriginal Arts Officer for the Ontario Arts Council. Ms. Roque is a filmmaker, writer, arts administrator and activist who has worked on a number of community-based arts projects and organisa- tions. She has an Honours BA in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Her past work experience includes development co-ordi- nator at The Centre for Indige- nous Theatre in Toronto; pro- grammer at Te Wairiki Purea The World Drum makes an appearance at at the Oshawa Metis Council’s Annual Heritage Celebrations in June 2008. Trust, a Maori arts and cultural organisation based in Rotorua, The World Drum New Zealand; and program- mer of the O’Kaadenigan Wiin- gashk Collective based in the Kawarthas, a collective dedi- cated to raising the profile of Indigenous artists and training A sacred drum created to encourage people to take care of our Mother Earth in the region. is seized by U.S. authorities. MNO’s Charlie Fife led the charge to get it back. by LINDA LORD release of The World Drum, and especially Charlie Fife who has T here are many unsung been most dedicated to this mat- heroes among us. Char- ter. lie Fife, MNO Region 8 Also we would like to thank Councillor, is one such for all support from both partici- person. Back in July a flurry of pants around the world, as well emails regarding the seizure of as other people who have con- the World Drum by U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials caught my tacted us regarding this matter and who have been ready to take Native Earth attention. At first I thought it further action if needed. Perfoming Arts was a joke, but it wasn’t. Also our thanks go to the US In case, like me, you have not Department of Fish & Wildlife 2008/09 Season heard about the drum, It is the aim of The World Drum Project and the US Department of Homeland Security Officials highlights to bring attention to the critical whose realities would have never condition of Mother Earth. The had the opportunity to be effect- A Very Polite Genocide drum, which made an appear- ed by The World Drum and its by Melanie J. Murray ance at the Ottawa Métis Council Sacred Mission, but who through Dec 6-21 2008, Buddies in Bad celebration in June (search above: Young ones have fun this occurred situation got to Times Theatre, Toronto A young woman’s sense of identity is YouTube for video), began its with Métis history at the know The World Drum’s Sacred buried under the scar tissue of the around the world journey in Nor- Oshawa Metis Council’s journey. residential school system. A chance way and was created by Birger Annual Heritage Celebrations Fortunately, with the under- encounter with a photograph expos- Mikkelsen. in June 2008. standing that love is our most es the legacy that binds Josie to her The drum’s goal is to draw powerful weapon, this matter has family and its ghosts. attention to pollution by having right: PCMNO Councillor for now been solved and The World ••••••••••••••••••• ceremonies in public places, and Region 8 Charlie Fife with the Drum released. Knowing the way Weesageechak Begins to generally encouraging people to World Drum. of our Creator sometimes can be Dance XXI take better care of the planet. difficult to understand. We also February 5-8, 2009, Theatre How could anyone object to that? know that all happens for a rea- Passe Muraille Mainspace Here’s what happened. Charlie son. And what we see now is that Shocking. Ripped open. Raw. Fife says: “After our wonderful happen. He made it happen and the situation occurred all togeth- Emerging and established Indigenous World Drum ceremonies in when I next visited www.the- er have united and brought peo- writers from around the world pres- Oshawa at the Oshawa Métis worlddrum.com I found the ple together in the Spirit and the ent their latest works. Care to Council’s Annual Heritage Cele- posting below, reproduced here Mission of The World Drum. dance? bration, June 28-29, we sent the with the permission of The World The World Drum will now be ••••••••••••••••••• World Drum on to its next desti- Drum Project, Morten Wolf Stor- returned to Charlie Fife – Métis Almighty Voice & His Wife nation in Hot Springs national eide, Norway. Nation of Ontario, in Canada by Daniel David Moses Park in Arizona where it was to be untouched and with all objects Mar 28-Apr 12 2009, Theatre received by the Manataka Indian The World drum released! and bundles attached. Knowing Passe Muraille Mainspace Council. The Drum was sent June It is with great joy and grati- that attached objects and bun- 18 years after its triumphant pre- 30th via UPS. Upon its arrival the tude we now can celebrate the dles may create several problems miere, Native Earth mounts a new World Drum was seized by US release of The World Drum from many places in the world in the production of Almighty Voice & His Fish and Wildlife service. An its captivity by the U.S. Govern- Morningstar Moore of Manata- future and one of the goals for Wife. Daniel David Moses’ seminal play about the legendary 19th centu- information package travelled ment. ka/AIC – American Indian Coun- The World Drum is to be in ry Saskatchewan Cree, explores with the Drum clearly explaining The unconditional release is, cil, in co-operation with Maureen motion, we have decided to Almighty Voice as both accidental the Drum and its mission. This as far as we know, historical. Angela Blanchard of the US remove all objects from The martyr and icon. Drum is sacred; it is on a healing Never before has such an object Embassy in Canada together with World Drum. ••••••••••••••••••• mission for Mother Earth and all been released unconditionally Annie Prigge of Canada’s Depart- These objects and bundles are Native Earth Performing Arts her peoples….Let us offer our from the US Department of Fish ment of Foreign and Internation- sacred and will for that reason be is a not-for-profit organisation prayers that the World Drum be & Wildlife and the US Depart- al Affairs and several others treated as this. Removing these dedicated to the creating, allowed to continue its mission of ment of Homeland Security. involved. objects and bundles will be done developing and producing of healing Mother Earth and the This “victory” and celebration We in The World Drum Project during a sacred ceremony with professional artistic expression hoop of life that includes us all.” have become possible thanks to: would like with much respect, to Oshawa Métis Council. of the Aboriginal experience in Charlie did not sit on his Charlie Fife of the Métis express our warm and grateful Canada. www.nativeearth.ca hands waiting for something to Nation of Ontario and Amanda thanks to all those involved in the continued page 22 22 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR MNO HONOURING OUR VETERANS: ELECTION NOTICE: Citizen leads WOMEN'S SECRETARIAT charge to OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO ELECTIONS free the -- Office of the Chief Electoral Officer -- World Drum The Office of the Chief Electoral Officer is accepting nomi- from page 21 nations from MNO women citizens that are interested in This will be done with the standing for the four (4) women representatives in the exception of the one feather Women’s Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario. attached to The World Drum on PHOTO COURTESY OF Métis vet, Tim Majovsky its birth and which is a part of The World Drum. A documenta- In accordance to the MNO Electoral Code the nominees tion of its origin and how it become in possession of the Sami-Medicineman (Sami is the Wear a Poppy must be women who have been verified as MNO Citizens and resident of Ontario for a minimum of one year. Indigenous People of Norway) who made The World Drum will follow The World Drum’s further on November 11th The committee of 4 women representatives will be elected by the women citizens of the MNO for a term of 3 years. These ballot box elections will be held on November 16, journey. RED FRIDAYS FOUNDATION OF particular policy, political position, After this ceremony (removal CANADA is an organisation to pro- agenda or the nature of military 2008 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm during the MNO of sacred objects) The World mote support for the men and missions. This support is for all Special President Assembly/AGA2008. Drum will be sent back to Man- women who serve our country. Canadian troops regardless of their ataka – American Indian Council Our Canadian military has made activity whether at home or abroad. .M. Nominations close November 10, 2008 at 4:00 P EST in US, so that their organisation many sacrifices in the name of As Canadians we need to show can be able to carry out the peace, not only for Canada but for support for the men and women Please send Nominations to: planned ceremonies before The many other countries around the who place themselves in harm’s Hank Rowlinson / Deputy Chief Electoral Officer World Drum continues its jour- world. way for all Canadians. They are our 500 Old St. Patrick Street ney to Europe. Wearing red on Fridays is a sym- national treasure. Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 9G4 Finally we would like to share bolic gesture to show fellow Cana- United we stand for peace in Fax: 613-722-4225 some of the words from Charlie dians and our troops that we care Canada no matter of opinion, firstname.lastname@example.org Fife of Métis Nation after he and honour those who fought for creed, religion, colour or race. received the message that The our freedom, our peace, our Show you care by becoming a part World Drum would be released: resolve. of this sweeping support. Wear The foundation’s goal is to show RED on Fridays to show you care. The Gitchie Spirit Warriors non-partisan support for our mili- (This message is excerpted from This is the story of The World tary troops. It does not support any www.redfridays.ca) Drum and the Eagle Feather and how they united to challenge two of the most powerful offices the world has ever known: The Unit- ed States Department of Fish and Moon River Senator’s busy year Wildlife and the powerful Depart- from page 20 Senator Kay Lynch also attended. and had heard me fiddling. She ment of Homeland Security. There were representatives from recorded some of my thoughts, It is a win/win story of how the Moon River Council covers a the Ministry of Natural Resources and a lot of my fiddling. It is to air Eagle Feather used its power to large geographic area. I (MNR) and the provincial and on a programme dealing with raise the issue of The World researched Trillium Foundation federal government. Basically Métis heritage and harvesting. Drum to an International status, grants, and brought the forms to put, the water in the whole of I sit on the advisory board of and how The World Drum used our council who inquired further Canada has serious pollution the Orillia Campus of Lakehead its powers to raise awareness of to see what was available for us to issues. University as the Métis represen- the plight of the Eagle Feather, acquire a meeting place, but we When I was asked to go to tative, and as such attend meet- both on a world stage. Like two of decided that for the present we Thunder Bay for the Chiefs of ings and functions. the greatest warriors, uniting to would continue to meet at coun- Ontario Elders forum, I was told Recently, I was asked by the go into battle. cillors’ homes for our monthly by Paul Heighington (MNO office of Aboriginal Initiatives of Like the story of the Eagle and meetings because some of us Senior Policy Analyst) that I Lakehead University in Thunder the Condor, uniting to gather have to drive an hour and a half would be met at the airport by Bay, to sit on their advisory board strength to speak with one voice each way to meetings. This way it someone. When I arrived at the on behalf of the Aboriginal Man- for all of the America’s Indige- spreads out the travelling. For Thunder Bay airport I was wear- agement Council as a satellite nous Peoples on the world stage, our two general meetings, we ing my winter coat with the Métis member from the Orillia Lake- the story of the Spirit of the choose Mactier, because there is sash sewn down the front and head University Campus. In this Feather and the Spirit of The a fairly large Métis citizen popula- around the hood. As I looked at capacity I attend some meetings World Drum is also a great occa- tion in the town and an arena the sea of unknown faces around via teleconference, and other sion that all mankind has a stake which facilitates our meeting and the baggage carousel I felt lost, functions I will attend in person. in. We are all connected. - Charlie dinner. and suddenly, across the room, I I grew up knowing that I was a Fife. In the fall at the Métis Ren- saw a girl holding up a Métis sash Métis and having the culture dezvous, I was very pleased to and smiling at me. I smiled back, shown to me. I would like the With these words we thank have the opportunity to make and as she approached, I felt Olivine, Olivine, Olivine, and sud- opportunity of helping the Métis the Creator of all things, and look music again with Senator Leora found! Thanks to the Métis sash! denly, another composition came Nation move forward with pride forward to the continuing jour- Wilson, who is not only an auto We all have such a marvellous way to mind. I grabbed manuscript by focusing on all the wonderful ney of The World Drum. The beat harp player and fiddler, but also a of recognising each other, our paper and wrote it down— diverse aspects of our Métis cul- of the drum is the beat of Mother composer of some wonderful sashes and our infinity symbol. Olivine’s Birthday Waltz her ture, not just hunting and fishing, Earth as it is the beat of all that tunes. It is too bad we live so far I was invited to Senator birthday present, and a signature but, to name some: story telling; dwell upon her. apart. Olivine Tiedema’s 80th birthday dance piece for the dance group games; beadwork; leatherwork; In the winter I was asked to party. I wondered what to give named after her! outdoor survival; camping; track- For more informationon attend an Elders forum in Thun- her. I sat down at the piano to Recently, I was interviewed by ing; canoeing; snow-shoeing, and the World Drum Project: der Bay put on by the Chiefs of practice, and diddled with the a CBC reporter who had seen me of course, jigging and fiddling! www.theworlddrum.com Ontario. Senator Elmer Ross and keys, all the while thinking give my speech on being Métis ∞ MÉTIS VOYAGEUR Full Page: $450 1/2 Page: $250 1/4 page: $150 Back Page: $650 vertical or horizontal vertical or horizontal ADVERTISING RATES & SIZES 10”x 16” 5”x16” or 10”x8” 8”x 5” or 2.5”x16” or 10”x 4” T he Métis Voyageur, the official newspaper of the Métis Nation of Ontario, is published six times a year. It PUBLICATION SPECIFICS: • 16 to 24 page tabloid-sized on newsprint has a print run of 12,000 and is mailed • 11” x 17” with a 5-column grid directly to over 10,000 households SUBMITTING ADS: across Ontario. Copies are also sent to Advertising may be submitted as cam- government, business and educational era-ready artwork or as electronic files institutions throughout the province. (PDF preferred) SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2008 23 NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY IN BRUCE MINES: Métis hoop dancer and budding poet Chantika Hazell. I Am Canadian, I Am Métis by JUNE FOGEN By SENATOR JACK LEROUX • The North Shore Council is keeping busy showing off Métis culture in the schools, at a local bank, T he poem below was written and by taking part in Bruce Mines’ July 1st celebrations and the Bruce Mines’ Community Day on July 28th. by my 13 year old niece, Chantika Hazell, who is a Métis hoop dancer from Calgary. The lake she refers to in this poem is in Manitoba. It is named after her late great uncle, Gabriel David New Métis Youth Group in Ottawa LaPlante, who was 23 years old by DAVID HARTLEY when he died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. He is buried in Hong On July 21st a small number of youth and Kong. adults got together at 500 Old St. Patrick Chantika has competed in the Street for a meeting. The purpose of the youth division in Phoenix, AZ at the meeting was to facilitate an opportunity for World Hoop Dance competition. Métis youth to take the lead in planning, She is proud of her Métis heritage organising and participating in health pro- and demonstrates this through her motion activities. As a result of this meeting dancing, whether it be hoop danc- the Métis Youth Group/Council was formed. ing or the Red River Jig. She has per- First steps were taken toward organising a formed across Alberta, at the Cal- health camp for the fall and weekly meetings gary Stampede, for the Premiere of were planned with activities ranging from Alberta and several other events. bannock making to safe biking and baseball. She invests her time to train hard For more information contact: David and to be the very best she can be. I Hartley, tel: 613-798-1488 xt.102 or via email would like to share her poem with at email@example.com. Voyageur readers. I am Canadian! by Chantika Hazell Voyageur-style family reunion I am Canadian when I stand for my flag, by SENATOR JACK LEROUX I am Canadian when I fight for my Rights A I am Canadian when I stand in Victoria, gain this year, Senator Jacques Leroux I am Canadian when I hike in Alberta. reports that the Leroux family and I am Canadian when I swim in our lakes, cousins gathering, which took place I am Canadian, I’m not fake. on the weekend of August 7th to 11th, was a I am Canadian in Halifax, great success. Following in the foot steps of I am Canadian and that’s a fact. their voyageur ancestors the family reunion enjoyed fishing and camping at Pimisi Lake I am Canadian in Hudson Bay, on the Mattawa River at the base of Lake I am Canadian all the way. Talon Chutes. I am Canadian at LaPlante Lake, The Mattawa River has been used by I am Canadian isn’t that great? native peoples as an important transporta- I am Canadian can’t you see, tion corridor for many centuries. In 1610, I am Canadian from Calgary. Étienne Brûlé and in 1615, Samuel de Cham- I am Canadian when I go to school, plain were the first Europeans to travel the I am Canadian when I study our history, river. For some 200 years thereafter, it I am Canadian when I make kids smile. formed part of the important water route I am Canadian when I don’t fight, leading from Montreal west to Lake Superi- left to right: Senator Jack Leroux; Stephen Leroux (Jack’s son ); Steve Fleury (cousin) of I am Canadian when I do what’s right. or. It was the primary access to the vast Syracuse NY; Breanda Bradley (cousin) of Ottawa; Vern Larue (cousin ) of Ivy Lea ON; I am Canadian when I read the paper. Canadian interior in the days of the fur John Leroux (cousin) of Cornwall ON. trade. Canoes travelling west up the Ottawa I am Canadian when I stand for my peers, turned left at "the Forks" (the mouth of the Brébeuf in 1626, Gabriel Lallemant in 1648, of Lake Talon, was known to the voyageurs I am Canadian when I stand up to my fears. Mattawa) to enter the "Petite Rivière" ("Small Pierre-Esprit Radisson and Médard des Gro- as the most difficult and treacherous on the I am Canadian when I was born free, River", as compared to the Ottawa), reach- seilliers in 1658, La Verendrye in 1731, route to the west. I am Canadian it’s plain to see. ing Lake Nipissing by way of "La Vase Alexander MacKenzie in 1794, and David There is a story that on one trip from the I am Canadian, proud to be, Portage", an 11 kilometre (7 mile) stretch of Thompson in 1812. east to Ft William the voyageurs transported I am Canadian, I am Métis water and portages. With its 45 degree climb and rocky ter- a grand piano. Our ancestors were amazing But most of all, I am Canadian Other notable travellers on the Mattawa rain, the portage along side the Talon people! when I am me. included Jean Nicolet in 1620, Jean de Chutes, located at the south-eastern section Enjoy your history. 24 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR CONSULTATION INFORMATION FOR MÉTIS CITIZENS: THE DUTY TO CONSULT IN ACTION MNO CONSULTS CITIZENS ON PROPOSED POWER • conducting a preliminary survey of holders of valid MNO Harvesters CORRIDOR Cards for the Georgian Bay territory in order to identify the number of Métis Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) who actively harvest in and around the is proposing construction of a 180 kilo- proposed location of the project; metre double-circuit 500 kilovolt elec- • sending a mail-out to MNO citizens tricity transmission line adjacent to the living in and around the project to pro- existing transmission corridor, extending vide them with more information on from the Bruce Power Facility in Kincar- the project and an opportunity to bring dine to Hydro One’s Milton Switching any questions or concerns forward; Station in the Town of Milton (see map • providing information on the project on this page). to all potentially affected MNO citi- Hydro One has recently obtained zens through the Métis Voyageur, approval from the Ontario Energy Board MNO’s web site, etc.; and, (OEB) for the project. As well, an Envi- • encouraging all potentially affected ronmental Assessment (EA) will be con- MNO citizens who have concerns or ducted on the project based on terms of Route of transmission corridor from Bruce Power Complex to Milton would like more information about the reference that have been approved by the project to contact the MNO (contact Ontario Ministry of the Environment. accommodation occurs with the poten- informed about the project in order to information below). An EA reviews the environmental tially affected Aboriginal peoples. As can make sure Métis rights, interests and way effects of the project on health and be seen in the map, the proposed project of life are considered and respected by As new information about the project socio-economic conditions, archaeology, passes through the Georgian Bay tradi- the Ontario Government as well as and the MNO’s work become available, wildlife, ecosystems, etc. As a part of the tional Métis harvesting territory, which Hydro One . the MNO will ensure affected MNO EA process, the impact of the project on has been recognised and accommodated To see that Métis rights, interests and citizens and chartered community coun- Aboriginal land use, way of life and tradi- by the Ontario Government as a part of claims are being considered and respect- cils are made aware. In the meantime, if tional knowledge, are also reviewed. the MNO's harvesting agreement with ed, the MNO is participating in the EA you would like additional information Métis Nation of Ontario citizens who the Ontario Ministry of Natural process to ensure Métis rights and inter- about the project or if you would like are interested in more information on Resources. ests are recognised and respected. the MNO to be made aware of, or the project, can visit www.hydroonenet- Because the project does not fall sole- To find out whether Métis harvesting address specific issues or concerns related works.com/brucetomilton.This web site ly within the geographic scope of one practices, land use, sacred places, cultural to the project, please contact: contains information, updates and docu- MNO chartered community council and interests, and way of life in the region will ments on both the OEB and EA process- Métis right-holders throughout the be affected by the project, the MNO has HANK ROWLINSON es. entire Georgian Bay traditional harvest- been engaged in discussions with Hydro Manager, Community Relations As part of both the OEB and EA ing territory may be affected, the MNO One. Based on these discussions and Tel: 1-800-263-4889 processes, the Crown is obligated to has taken the lead on ensuring all poten- working co-operatively with Hydro One, Fax: 613-725-4225 ensure that appropriate consultation and tially affected MNO citizens are the MNO will be doing the following: firstname.lastname@example.org SPECIAL PRESIDENTS’ ASSEMBLY/AGA 2008 FROM PAGE 1 (Steve Berry) and MNO audi- what is needed “…is a solid busi- Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M3L From Highway 401 (east or Nations; the federal government; tor (Collins Barrow LLP); ness plan on which to move for- 1A5. Our MNO Special Rate is westbound): Exit on collectors for Ontario Government; the Ontario • Approval of 2007/08 audit ward, a strategic plan that people $87/night/room (single or double Black Creek Drive. Exit at Jane Conservative Party; the Ontario and appointment of auditor can contribute to….” Day three occupancy) plus taxes. Street and turn left (north). Fol- New Democratic Party, and Métis for 2008/09. will see this intention begin to Hotel Overview: The Days low Jane Street to Wilson Avenue Youth. Finally, Gary Lipinski, Presi- Workshop on Duty to Consult take shape…. “This new PCMNO Inn Hotel & Conference Centre - and turn left (west). Follow Wil- dent of the Métis Nation of and Accommodate including: is committed to putting MNO on Toronto Airport East is located son to the Hotel. Ontario, and Jean Teillet, repre- • Update on Métis rights devel- a solid foundation--going for- where highways 401 and 400 From Queen Elizabeth Way: senting the Riel family will lay a opments (Jean Teillet); ward--and if it means making intersect. Guests can access the Follow QEW and exit on Highway wreath. A moment of silence will • Presentation on developing tough decisions and changing sunlit indoor swimming pool, 427 north. Follow Highway 427 to follow before the closing remarks. an Ontario Métis Consultation how things have been done in the sauna, whirlpool and fitness Highway 401 east. Follow Highway Bus shuttles will be available to Framework (Jason Madden); past so be it!” room; free on-site parking and 401 and exit on Black Creek Drive. return participants to the Days • Question and Discussion; complimentary airport shuttle Exit at Jane Street and turn left Inn Hotel and Conference Centre. • Update on Ipperwash Report DAY THREE service. Spacious guest rooms all (north). Follow Jane Street to Wil- The day will culminate in the Lady implementation and New NOVEMBER 18, 2008: come equipped with coffee son Avenue and turn left (west). Hilton Ballroom around 6:00 P .M. Relationship Fund (Jason Mad- maker, complimentary coffee/tea, Follow Wilson to the Hotel. with a dinner feast, the swearing den and/or Joanne Meyer); • Strategic Planning Workshop on iron and ironing board, hair Reservations: To reserve in of the new PCMNO including • Question and Discussion; Building a Stronger Métis dryer, data port voice mail and your room and secure our special newly elected Senators, live enter- • Resolutions from workshop Nation and Empowering Métis free high speed internet access. corporate rate please contact tainment, and the announcement on Métis Rights and Crown’s Communities & Métis Citizens; The lobby features two restau- Loma Rowlinson directly at the of this year’s recipient of the Duty to Consult. • Presentation and facilitated rants, lounge, gift shop and a car MNO Head Office 1-800-263-4889 Suzanne Rochon-Burnette Volun- As President Lipinski said, open discussion on developing rental agency. In the immediate extension 113. Please reserve teer of the Year Award. a strategic plan for the MNO neighbourhood, are the 75 store soon to avoid disappointment as Beginning at 9:00 A.M. on (Institute on Governance) North York Sheridan Mall, several rooms are limited. November 17th, the nation’s busi- presentation on accessing eco- plazas featuring restaurants, Métis Vendors & trade show: ness will get underway. Our Venue nomic opportunities and build- ing wealth and self-sustainabili- banks, pharmacies, and numer- ous other services. The hotel is Be sure to watch for and support our Métis vendors who can be DAY TWO DAYS INN HOTEL & ty with Métis communities and situated five miles from Toronto's found in the Trafalgar Room next NOVEMBER 17, 2008: CONFERENCE CENTRE Métis nation. Lester B. Pearson International to our large meeting room. Inter- TORONTO AIRPORT EAST airport, close to the Yorkdale Mall ested vendors, institutions, indus- The signing of the MNO/Ontario Participants will be treated each and only eight miles from the CN tries and government are encour- Framework Agreement; 1677 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, evening following dinner to Métis Tower. Web: www.daysto.com aged to contact Loma as soon as Reports from Finance and Ontario M3L 1A5 music, dance and culture. possible to ensure that a spot is Administration (including); Tel: 416-249-8171 Directions to Hotel: secured and available for you. • Report by MNO Fax: 416-243-7342 Our Venue: As people are From Highway 400: Exit on col- Secretary/Treasurer (Tim Pile), Toll Free: 800-267-0997 preparing to attend this event, lectors for Black Creek Drive. Exit As always, we welcome you • Report by MNO Chief Oper- www.daysto.com the MNO has negotiated a special at Jane Street and turn left and your family and hope that ating Officer (Doug Wilson), Room rates: Single or Double - corporate rate at the Days Inn (North). Follow Jane Street to Wil- you can join us as we continue • Presentation on 2007/08 audit $87/night + tax Hotel and Conference Centre – son Avenue and turn left (West). to look to the future, together. by MNO Director of Finance Toronto Airport East, 677 Wilson Follow Wilson to the Hotel.