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					                                                                              SUMMER 2006

                       T H E P U B L I C AT I O N O F T H E M É T I S N AT I O N O F O N TA R I O S I N C E 1 9 9 8

                                                                                       THE GAMES
16 YEAR OLD FIDDLER                                                                    THE POWERFUL MEN AND
ONE OF THE GREAT                                                                       WOMEN OF THE MÉTIS
ENTERTAINMENT ACTS                                                                     NATION COMPETE IN
AT THIS YEAR’S AGA                                                                     VOYAGEUR GAMES
PAGES 8 & 9                                                                            PAGE 7

                          SPECIAL EDITION:
                          13TH ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY


                          IN THE SOO
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  YOUR INNER               The Métis Nation of Ontario’s 13th Annual General Assembly
                           was a successful celebration of citizenship, culture and history.
   WORKSHOP                Taking place in the historic Métis community of Sault Ste.
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                           Marie, Métis people from across Ontario joined together to
                           hear reports and carve out future priorities for the Nation.

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                                                                                                              AGA Coordinator Hank Rowlinson wades
                                                                                                              out to greet the delegates’ Voyageur
                                                                                                              canoe as it paddles ashore to begin the
                                                                                                              13th Annual General Assembly of the
                         ALL PHOTOS BY   Marc St.Germain except where noted                                   Métis Nation of Ontario.

right:                                                                                                                                                                       above:
Senator Gordon                                                                                                                                                               The Winnipeg
Calder (Fort Frances)                                                                                                                                                        Toe-Tappers
and Senator Ruth                                                                                                                                                             provided great
Wagner-Millington                                                                                                                                                            traditional
(Georgian Bay) carry                                                                                                                                                         Métis jigging
the colours during                                                                                                                                                           throughout the
opening ceremonies.                                                                                                                                                          AGA.

VOYAGEUR                                               REGION SEVEN

              Linda Lord
       design & production
          Marc St.Germain
           Scott Carpenter

             Angie Noel
           Sharon McBride
         Claudette Gingras
            Laurie Fonjong
           Debbie Burgess              SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2006, 10AM - 2AM
             Bonny Cann
             Reta Gordon
           Jocelyn Moreau
                                      MAPLE VALLEY CLUB
            Wendy Baillie
        Roland St.Germain
                                       285 LAFONTAINE ROAD EAST                                                       PHOTO:   Carmen Prégent

                                                                                                                      Moon River Métis Council booth was originally set up to sell T-shirts,
            Katelin Peltier
      Karole Dumont-Beckett
         Shelley Gonneville
                                      LAFONTAINE, ONT.                                                                caps and candy. Seeing a need they began selling coffee, donuts and
                                                                                                                      sandwiches. What entrepreneurship! The voyageurs would be proud.

            Kelly Omenye

                                                                                                                      Moon River Métis
                                      Building on the success of last year's event, we are looking forward to
                   •                  an even better event this fall. FREE activities for the entire family!
          Linda Lord, editor
                                         • $5 Fish Fry Supper (children under 10 free)
   RR1 Hartington, ON K0H 1W0
                                         • Potluck Lunch - bring your favorite dish                                   BY   LOUISE GOULDING                  which was handmade by our
       Ph/Fx: 613-374-3430
                                         • Cultural Activities & Demonstrations for Everyone                                                                treasurer, Lisa McCron. The win-
                                         • Bannock Competition                                                                                              ner was Ms. Trudell from Sault

                                         • Dressing the Game                                                              he Moon River Métis Council       Ste. Marie, which by the way she
 If undeliverable please return to:
                                         • Métis Voyageur Games (hatchet throw, sling shot)                               once again participated in the    earned with all her hard work.
      Métis Nation of Ontario
     500 Old St.Patrick Street           • Children’s Activities (cornhusk dolls, scavenger hunt, face                    MNO’s      Annual      General       Besides working our booth,
       Ottawa, ON K1N 9G4                  painting, beading)                                                             Assembly. Although this year      we took in the two cultural days.
         PH: 613-798-1488                • Candle Making                                                              we didn’t have pots of chowder        We all attended and enjoyed the              • Jam Session - bring your instruments                                       we did have smoked fish which         festivities at St. Joseph’s Island,                                                                                            went over very well. It was too       especially the pig roast! Although
                   •                                                                                                  darn hot for chowder anyway!          the heat was unbearable, we
                                      CONTACT: Scott Carpenter (705) 527-1228
       Voyageur Deadlines                                                                                                Our council had four repre-        attended the Voyageur Games—
                                      Métis vendors of cultural items welcome – for information:
                                                                                                                      sentatives at this year’s AGA         as spectators of course! Some of
     deadline:   date of events:      Ruth Quesnelle (705) 526-6335
                                                                                                                      including myself, Senator Ruth        us managed to include a jigging
  January 1st    15 Feb–15 Apr        Volunteers are needed!: Joanne Parent (705) 527-1228
                                                                                                                      Wagner-Millington;       Women’s      lesson, genealogy workshops and
    March 1st    15 Apr–15 Jun                                                                                        Representative, Verna Porter and      much more. The evening enter-
      May 1st    15 Jun–15 Oct        Note: Portions of the profits from the Fish Fry and draws will be used to pay
                                      for butchering the game donated to the communities, tanning the hides for
                                                                                                                      Councilor Irene Peel. We all          tainment was fun and the time
September 1st    15 Oct–15 Dec                                                                                        worked very hard in the heat and      spent relaxing with friends, new
                                      the communities, and to assist Métis Health Services in Region 7.
November 1st     15 Dec–15 Feb                                                                                        it paid off as we had very good       and old, was grand.
                                                                                                                      sales on the two days we set up          All in all it was a great week. I
                                                                                                                      shop.                                 personally have to thank the hus-
                                                                                                                         We were nicely decorated with      bands of Verna Porter and Irene
                                                                                                                      MNO flags and balloons flying high.   Peel for all of their hard work in
                                                                                                                      No one could possibly miss us!        helping us set up and take down
                                                                                                                      Besides flags, balloons and           the tents, load and unload the
                                                                                                                      smoked fish, we also sold T-shirts,   truck a hundred times, etc.. We
                                                                                                                      sweatshirts, friendship patches,      couldn’t have done it without
                                                                                                                      hats, and Councilor Peel brought      you. Thank you Doug Porter and
                                                                                                                      an assortment of her crafts.          Barry Peel! We already look for-
                                                                                                                         We also raffled off a capote       ward to the 2007 AGA!
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Opening Ceremonies

The Métis Nation of Ontario’s Assembly
returns to historic Sault Ste. Marie
                                                                                                                                                         PCMNO CHAIR
       n a recent sunny Monday morn-                                                                                                                    GARY LIPINSKI

                                                                 The serene sounds of           Gary then passed the micro-
                                                                          Sierra’s fiddle set a wonderful       phone to France Picotte, Vice-
       ing, Métis citizens from Kenora
       to Ottawa, and from Timmins to
                                                                          tone for the opening cere-
                                                                                                                chair of the PCMNO, who did not
                                                                                                                bother to hide her enthusiasm
                                                                                                                                                        We have
       Windsor found themselves on                                            “Each year we hold our AGA
                                                                          to conduct business that needs
                                                                                                                at having the opportunity to be
                                                                                                                at another AGA: “It’s awesome to       our work
Ojibway territory near Sault Ste. Marie                                   to be done; assess the work           be here,” said France. “We are

waiting for a voyageur canoe to appear.
                                                                          that has been done in the past        here to celebrate our culture            to do,
                                                                          year and set a vision for work        and our heritage. So, I encour-
— BY MARC ST. GERMAIN                                                     that has to be done in the com-
                                                                          ing year,” said Gary Lipinski,
                                                                                                                age everyone to share; share
                                                                                                                who you are. We are not all the
                                                                                                                                                      but we will
The sand dunes at Ojibway Park       standing room only. The Win-
                                                                          Chair of the PCMNO as he came
                                                                          to the microphone to greet the
                                                                                                                same and we don’t have to be,
                                                                                                                but we all bring something
                                                                                                                                                        have fun
on the Garden River First
Nation were thick with Métis
                                     nipeg Toe-Tappers jigged and
                                     whirled to the sound of the
                                                                          Assembly and acknowledge del-
                                                                          egates and special guests. “We
                                                                                                                unique to the Assembly. If we
                                                                                                                share we grow and become                as well.
people straining for a glimpse       Métis fiddle. When the applause      have our work to do, but we           stronger.”
of the canoe that would signal
the beginning of the 13th Annu-
                                     finally subsided, Senator Brenda
                                     Powley, of the Historic Sault Ste.
                                                                          will have fun as well. Ladies and
                                                                          gentlemen, let’s have a wonder-
                                                                                                                    President Tony Belcourt
                                                                                                                started his address with men-
                                                                                                                                                      Ladies and
al General Assembly (AGA) of
the Métis Nation of Ontario
                                     Marie Métis Council, stepped to
                                     the microphone and welcomed
                                                                          ful AGA.”
                                                                              Gary took time to thank the
                                                                                                                tion of the 8th Annual General
                                                                                                                Assembly that took place at
(MNO). The canoe was soon in
sight making for the shore.
                                     everyone to the 13th Annual
                                     General Assembly. Brenda then
                                                                          many volunteers, the MNO staff
                                                                          and leadership. He saved the
                                                                                                                Ojibway Park in 2001. He also
                                                                                                                gave a vivid description of the
                                                                                                                                                      let’s have a
Before the crew—Métis Canoe
Expedition veterans Ginny
                                     offered an opening prayer.
                                        Sixteen-year old Métis fid-
                                                                          highest praise for the Assembly
                                                                          itself: “To the Métis citizens, the
                                                                                                                significance of the Sault Ste.
                                                                                                                Marie area to the history of the       wonderful
Gonneau and Chris MacLeod—           dler, Sierra Noble, played a         support and guidance you have         Métis in Ontario and paid trib-
could get their craft to dry land,
MNO President, Tony Belcourt
                                     heart-stopping musical compan-
                                     ion piece to the opening prayer
                                                                          given has helped us propel the
                                                                          MNO to be seen as a very credi-
                                                                                                                ute to two sons of Sault Ste.
                                                                                                                Marie who have a special place
was disembarked and greeting         that must be heard to be appre-      ble and honourable Nation of          in that history, Steve Powley
the crowd.                           ciated (Sierra’s performance         people within Ontario, connect-       and his son Roddy.
   A boisterous procession           and other clips of the opening       ed to and part of a greater               Tony also introduced the
made its way across the dunes        speeches are available on the        Métis Nation. To you most of all      Assembly to the MNO’s new
to the big tent where it was         MNO’s website: www.metisna-          we say ‘thank you, sincerely’.”                          MORE ON PAGE   5

         Métis Youth

                                                                            First time AGAer Stephanie Michaud (far right) seeking glory in the Métis Voyageur Games.
                                                                                                                                                                                PHOTO:   Laurie Fonjong

                                                                            ple, I learned that mosquito           at the start line of the first event.   the pylon on the far end I began

             ne of the most interesting                                     repellant containing DEET is a         I could see from the strained           to make my way back to the start
             aspects of my first AGA experi-                                vital and necessary part of any        look on her face this was not how       line. The weight of the sack on
             ence was camping with other                                    campfire.                              she had planned to start her day.       my neck and shoulders made it
                                                                                On a more serious note, I do           When the whistle blew, the          impossible for me to lift my head
 BENNY       Métis youth in what was                                        want to thank the Elders and Sen-      competitors were off and my sis-        so all I could see was my feet. But
dubbed ‘Tent City’. Although Tent City could                                ators for sharing their time,          ter came in an astounding third         I could hear the crowd screaming
                                                                            knowledge and insight with us,         place! Given, there were only           words of encouragement and
have been more aptly described as ‘Tent Vil-                                and to offer them a pouch of vir-      three competitors in her event,         applause were ringing in my ears.
lage’, or even, ‘Ten Tents’, this particular                                tual tobacco.                          but I took this as empirical evi-       I thought, ‘Wow! I’m doing so
                                                                                And I certainly can’t mention      dence that I, too, must have an         great! Guess I’m going home
camp site afforded all who resided there the                                fire without mentioning the            athletic gene. I was certain that       with a gold medal after all!’ That’s
invaluable opportunity to meet other youth                                  Sacred Fire which afforded me a        by the end of the day I would be        when I finally finished the race,
                                                                            sunburn that rendered me less of       wearing multiple medals and the         stood up, relieving myself of
from across the province.                                                   a human being and more of a            crowds would be frantically             those 90lb only to see that I had
                                                                            tomato that had sprouted arms          chanting ‘Benny! Benny! Benny!’.        been humbled in a big way. I had
                                                                            and legs. Although I got one           Six hours, three events and eight       lost. Not only had I lost, but I had

One of the most interesting                             ne of the best
aspects of my first AGA experience                      parts of the AGA    wicked burn, I feel privileged to      gallons of sweat later I came to        lost by a long shot.
was camping with other Métis                            had to be the       have had the honour of keeping         see that my dream of taking the             My sister would later tell me
youth in what was dubbed ‘Tent                          ‘Elders’ Fire’.     an eye on the Sacred Fire and will     Voyageur Games by storm may             my two competitors had taken
City’. Although Tent City could                    There was a good         welcome the opportunity next           have been slightly ambitious for        off and run like they were being
have been more aptly described        STEPHANIE turn out by the             year. I’ll just remember to bring      someone who gets noticeably             chased by a pack of hyenas and
as ‘Tent Village’, or even, ‘Ten      youth and plenty of Elders to         some sun screen.                       irked when an elevator is broken        that I crawled on behind like a
Tents’, this particular camp site     impart the stories they held                                                 and stairs are the only option.         snail. In this case, slow and
afforded all who resided there        near and dear. It was interesting                 Of all of the activities       Although I didn’t place in any      steady did not win the race.
the invaluable opportunity to         to hear their stories of relatives                I participated in dur-     of my three events my day was far           After the race, I ran on over to
meet other youth from across the      fighting wolves off bullet by bul-                ing the course of the      from unexciting. Participating in       the Métis sash-weaving work-
province.                             let and of an owl that had a                      week the most mem-         the Voyageur Games was a fantas-        shop. I went in with high hopes
    I thoroughly enjoyed getting      weak spot for a rhythmic tap-                     orable had to be the       tic experience and, who knows,          of learning traditional weaving,
to know other Métis youth who         ping. I’ll never forget these sto-      BENNY Voyageur Games.                maybe next year I’ll be ready for       but in the words of a fellow learn-
were as dedicated to understand-      ries, and the tale one Elder told        Having always aspired to be an      the 450lb Carry. I have an entire       er ‘the simple cross over isn’t so
ing and maintaining Métis culture     of lying in the belly of a fighter    athlete but usually being the          year to dream!                          simple after all’. I made my way
as I am. Tent City may have had       plane during the Second World         mediocre last-pick on sports                                                   over to the beading workshop as
far fewer residents than its name     War will stay with me forever.        teams I saw the Voyageur Games                     Thursday morning            well, and was delighted to discov-
boasted, but what we lacked in           I appreciated all of the Elders    as my one shot at superstardom.                    ten o’clock, I mean-        er that my mother had previously
numbers we made up for in             coming out and sharing their          The glory would all be MINE!                       dered down to the           taught me beading on a loom. I
enthusiasm.                           knowledge with us, including             I dragged my sister, Stephanie,                 Voyageur Games with         did successfully learn beading
    I don’t know if having a sense    Senator St. Germain, who provid-      with me to the sign-up sheets                      absolutely no inten-        and in the words of my teacher,
of humour is something intrinsi-      ed us all with the opportunity to     and signed up for three events:                    tion of participating.      ‘it’s just practice, practice, prac-
cally tied to being Métis or if the   participate in and familiarize our-   Tomahawk Throw, Rifle, and             STEPHANIE I’m a far cry from an         tice.’ Although I sometimes wor-
youth in Tent City were just          selves with the significance of       Slingshot. My strategy was to          athlete and I lack any competitive      ry that I might develop carpal
extremely funny, but laughter was     smudging. It was definitely a         become an athletic superstar           edge. However, I was persuaded          tunnel syndrome, I am relentless
not hard to come by.                  learning experience. For exam-        without ever having to run.            to sign up for at least ONE event.      in my attempt to refine and
    Whether I was desperately                                               Stephanie was reluctant to sign        I signed up for the Women’s 90lb        finesse my beading skills. As for
(and unsuccessfully) trying to                                              up for an event because she            Carry, sized up my competition          sack-carrying and sash-weaving—
start a camp fire or desperately      (left to right) Nancy Gonneau,        wanted to attend a sash-weaving        and sat on a milk can as 90lb sack      there’s always next year.
(and also unsuccessfully) trying      Benny and Stephanie Michaud,          workshop but was soon persuad-         was loaded onto my shoulders. I                                         •••
to keep my feet clean, the affec-     Ginny Gonneau and Ryan McBride        ed by an organizer to participate      assumed the standing position
tionate ridicule of my fellow         were a few of the Métis Youth         in the 90lb sack carry. I vibrated     and on the mark, took off
youth made absolutely every part      attending this year’s AGA.            with excitement and anticipation       down the
of my experience in Tent City and                                                for my own events as I            field.
the      AGA    amazing.                                                           watched Stephanie being         After I
Thanks guys! See                                                                    loaded with the 90lb sack      circled
you next year!
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      “We’ve come a long way in 13 years...
           ... It is because we have built on a strong
            foundation. Fundamental to this is that
                  we are a people, a proud people,
        a people with a wonderful history and
             a beautiful place within Canada.”

FROM PAGE 3 ...                      Maori, a rare example of an
                                     indigenous people whose tradi-
teleconferencing resources. A        tional language still thrives.
brief video was shown that was           The Honourable Chris Bent-
recorded prior to the AGA using      ley, the Minister of Training, Col-
the teleconferencing technology      leges and Universities, brought
that has been set up in several      greetings on behalf of Premier
Community Council offices            Dalton McGuinty. Mr. Bentley
across the province.                 said he was aware of the MNO’s
    “Imagine how valuable this       long-standing desire to see a
will be,” said President Belcourt.   Chair of Métis Studies at an
“I think the secret of our success   Ontario university, and commit-
is our ability to communicate        ted to the same goal.
with each other and talk with            Howard Hampton, MPP Rainy
each other. This facility is going   River and leader of the Ontario
to make it an awful lot easier.”     New Democratic Party, apolo-
(Look for more information on        gized for the fact that this was
the MNO’s new teleconferencing       his first MNO AGA and had kind
abilities in the next issue.)        words for the Assembly. “It is an
    Tony also spoke of both the      honour and a privilege to be in
past and ongoing struggle for        the company of women and
Métis rights, and finished by        men who dedicate their lives to
affirming the Métis Nation’s         making life better, not only for       Métis National Council President Clèment Chartier addresses the Assembly
strength and pride.                  Métis families, not only for Métis
    “We’ve come a long way in        communities but for all Ontari-
thirteen years. It is because we     ans and Ontario as a whole.”
have built on strong founda-         said Hampton.
tions. Fundamental to this is that       The Member of Parliament for
we are a people, a proud peo-        Sault Ste. Marie, Tony Martin,
ple, a people with a wonderful       offered his greetings.
history and a beautiful place            Christian Provenzano, Liberal
within Canada, and we want to        Candidate of Record in Sault Ste.
take our rightful place in that      Marie, read a letter from Michael
beautiful country.” said Tony.       Ignatieff, MP for Etobicoke                                                 Tony Martin, Member of
“Let’s have some debates and         Lakeshore, expressing apprecia-                                             Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
discussion here during our           tion for the invitation.
working days and let us enjoy            After a lunch break, Chair,
ourselves on our cultural days.      Gary Lipinski, called the Dele-
Our wonderful history, our won-      gates Meeting to order. The
derful culture, our pride as a       Monday afternoon meetings are                                                                                    above: Howard Hampton, MPP
people and our love for one          of a technical nature and consist                                                                                Rainy River and leader of the
another as Métis people.”            mostly of procedural items.                                                                                      Ontario New Democratic Party
    Opening addresses by the         Because voting issues arise at
MNO Executive were followed by       the AGA, quorum must be estab-
greetings from other dignitaries     lished. The agenda for the week                                                                                  left: Nelson Toulouse, addressed
in attendance:                       is reviewed and accepted by the                                                                                  the Assembly as Commissioner
    Brent McHale, PCMNO Coun-        Assembly. A Resolutions Com-           The Honourable Chris Bentley,                                             of the recently formed Anishi-
cilor for Region 4, welcomed the     mittee is appointed to help citi-      Minister of Training, Colleges                                            naabe-Mushkegowuk-Onkwe-
Assembly; spoke of the honour        zens draft the resolutions that        and Universities                                                          honwe Language Commission
and privilege of holding the AGA     will come before the Assembly
on Ojibway land and recognized       for voting. Minutes from the pre-     volunteer per year. Tony dis-        motion to the Assembly that           music festival as a concurrent
the hard work of volunteers and      vious year’s AGA are reviewed         cussed the process for volun-        Suzanne Rochon-Burnett be             event with the AGA.
staff involved in the AGA.           and, if need be, discussed and        teers to be nominated for the        named, posthumously, as the               Early in the evening eager up-
    Blaine Belleau, on behalf of     accepted by the members of the        award, and also asked volunteers     first recipient of the Volunteer of   and-comers warmed up the
Chief Lyle Sayers and the Garden     Assembly. By mid afternoon the        to submit their names to receive     the Year Award. The vote was          crowd as Nancy Gonneau hosted
River First Nation Council, wel-     i’s were dotted and the t’s           volunteer recognition certificates   unanimous and Suzanne was             the Métis Idol youth talent show.
comed the Assembly to their ter-     crossed and another AGA was           and pins for 3, 5 and 10 years of    remembered with a heart-felt          The competition was fierce as
ritory.                              well under way.                       service. A motion was put for-       round of applause.                    jiggers and comedians dooked it
    The former Deputy Chief of           Following these procedures,       ward to the Assembly and the             With the work of the day          out with karioke crooners (For
the Chiefs of Ontario, Nelson        President Belcourt mentioned          Assembly approved the “Suzanne       done, the big tent transforms         pictures of the great entertain-
Toulouse, addressed the Assem-       the sad fact that Suzanne             Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the      from meeting hall to music hall       ment at this year’s AGA see
bly as Commissioner of the           Rochon-Burnett, one of the            Year Award” by consensus.            as the Building Bridges Métis         pages 8 & 9 ). They were all win-
recently formed Anishinaabe-         founding members of the MNO           (More information on the             Music Festival takes the stage.       ners but only three made it to
Mushkegowuk-Onkwehonwe               had passed away on April 2nd of       Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volun-        This was the fifth year the Métis     Wednesday’s finals (results on
Language Commission. He              this year. President Belcourt         teer of the year Award and           Nation of Ontario Cultural Com-       page 13).
spoke of the fundamental role        announced the launch of a new         details about Suzanne’s life are     mission (MNOCC) with the gener-           The Winnipeg Toe-Tappers
that language plays in indige-       MNO website section about             available on the MNO’s website:      ous support of the Canada             returned to put on another great
nous culture and of a recent trip    Suzanne and a new award to                   Council for the Arts and other
to New Zealand to visit the          honour one outstanding MNO               President Belcourt then put a     sponsors was able to present the                         MORE ON PAGE 13
     6      SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR

MNO Women’s Secretariat restructured
BY   SHARON MCBRIDE                       lective body representing the          representative for the Southern        • To work on issues that affect
                                          interests and aspirations of the       area of Ontario.                         the provincial prospective of            Women’s Secretariat
                                          women citizens of the MNO and is          The duties of the committee           the women citizens of the MNO.          of the Métis Nation of Ontario

      t the 2006 Annual General           officially mandated by the MNO as      members are as follows:
      Assembly, Terms of Refer-           a lobbyist and advocacy body rec-                                                If you are interested in the
                                                                                                                                                                 Barbara Parker - Western Rep
      ence were passed, forming           ognized to speak and represent         • To look after the concerns of        above position please send a let-
      a new, revamped women’s             the women’s agenda and per-              women’s representatives from         ter of interest with your contact        Evelyn Powley - Northern Rep
organization within the Métis             spective of the women citizens of        the Community Councils with-         information by September 15th,           Carmen Gravel - Eastern Rep
Nation of Ontario. The organiza-          the MNO. The WSMNO will work             in Southern Ontario;                 2006, by email sharonm@metis-            Vacant - Southern Rep
tion is called the “Women’s Sec-          within the MNO for the better-         • To work towards the vision, or mail to: Sharon
retariat of the Métis Nation of           ment of the Métis Nation as a            mandate purpose and objec-           McBride, 56 Baccarat Crescent,           Audrey Vallee - Senator Advisor
Ontario” (WSMNO). This commit-            whole through empowerment                tives of the WSMNO as deter-         Brampton, ON, L7A 1K8.                   appointed by the PCMNO
tee is made up of regional volun-         and participation of the Métis           mined in the terms of refer-            If you would like a copy of the       Sharon McBride - Spokesperson
teers (see sidebar).                      Nation women in Ontario. We are          ence that was passed at the          Terms of Reference please con-           appointed by the PCMNO
   The WSMNO is a women’s col-            currently looking for a woman            2006 AGA;                            tact Sharon (905) 846 8645.

                                                                                                                                                                (above): Rebekah Moreau

                                                                                                                                                                (left): Claudette Gingras, Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                Registrar and Workshop Facilitator

                                                                                                                                                                (below): Emily King

Talking Stick workshop:

Wild Feathers
BY   CLAUDETTE GINGRAS                    ished speaking they passed it to       other things) I provided were          was going to consist of paper and
                                          the next council member who            chosen carefully by each individ-      markers. I had no idea I was going
                                          wished to speak.                       ual; the results spoke for them-       to create something so amazing,
                                                                                 selves. The children and adults        and the children did the work on

   just wanted to say that my first           I asked the children to really
   AGA was amazing! My “Talking           look at their sticks and choose        were in their own zone and I was       their sticks all by themselves.”
   Stick” workshop was a suc-             the one that felt right to them. I     truly proud of everyone for mak-          Other great moments of the
   cess—because Senator Reta              asked them to let it speak to them     ing my workshop a success.             AGA occurred when I was finally
Gordon opened it by sharing a             and once the class began, the cre-        I really enjoyed one ‘feedback’     meeting and putting faces to our
story with the children. She              ativity that came out of those chil-   in particular which was: “Wow, we      MNO citizens. Best of all were the
explained that tribes at council          dren was spectacular.                  always ask our children to respect     ones I had spoken with or on
meetings used the talking stick so            The two hours flew by as the       our Elders but now the children        whose files I had worked.
as not to be interrupted. When            elements (wild turkey feathers,        have seen an Elder as a storyteller.      Claudette Gingras is the
the person with the stick was fin-        beads, leather and felt among          Thank you, I thought your class        MNO’s Assistant Registrar.

     Métis Nation of Ontario recognized for committment to multiculturalism
     BY   LINDA LORD                                                                                                    an unity.”                             that we’ve had to resort to going
                                                             “This award of recognition is presented                       In an interview with                to the Supreme Court of Canada
                                                                                                              , Tony said that the         to get the legal recognition of
                                                              to the Métis Nation of Ontario for your                   award was an indication of the         our history and identity. The

           special guest at this year’s
           AGA, Lorena Tridico, Com-                          ongoing dedication to multiculturalism                    dedication of the Multicultural        Powley case (of Sault Ste. Marie)
           munications Director for                           and Canadian unity.” — Lorena Tridico                     Society, particularly in building      was a landmark case for the
           the Calabrians Multicultural                                                                                 strong relations with the Métis        Métis people of Canada, so to
     World Society, spoke on her soci-                                                                                  people of Sault Ste. Marie. He         us, Sault Ste. Marie is an impor-
     ety’s 21-year involvement in pro-     First Nations’ peoples, and           Multicultural Society would like       acknowledged the work of Lore-         tant part of our history. We
     moting inclusiveness and egali-       ensure that common goals and          to acknowledge and congratu-           na Tridico on various issues with      thank Lorena’s commitment to
     tarianism.                            values are protected.”                late you for your continued ded-       the Métis Nation of Ontario,           First Nations’ peoples and the
         “Canada is a multicultural           She then presented a certifi-      ication and commitment to rais-        over the last few years.               Multicultural Society’s common
     nation and as such, we should         cate of recognition to the Métis      ing awareness of Métis rights             “This is a wonderful tribute        goals and values. It is the recog-
     not only be proud to be Canadi-       Nation of Ontario for its commit-     and for the promotion of history       and recognition for the Métis          nition that one receives within
     an yet at the same time proud of      ment to equality, inclusion and       and culture of the Métis people        Nation of Ontario. We’re very          one’s own community that mat-
     our cultural backgrounds,” Tridi-     multiculturalism; the award was       within Sault Ste. Marie and            proud to have been honoured            ters a great deal. To me, and to
     co said. “What makes us unique        accepted by President Belcourt.       Canada. This award of recogni-         this way at the General Assem-         the Métis Nation of Ontario, this
     also makes us similar, because           Tridico recognized Tony’s          tion is presented to the Métis         bly in Sault Ste. Marie. The fact is   carries great significance.”
     we share common goals and val-        leadership of the MNO and com-        Nation of Ontario for your ongo-
     ues. In recognizing such princi-      mitment to raising awareness of       ing promotion and dedication                  For original article and pictures visit
     ples, we build stronger ties with     Métis rights. “The Calabrians         to multiculturalism and Canadi-          
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                                                                                                                                      Métis Voyageur Games

PLAYERS   nother amazing AGA                                                          chased a refreshing glass of                                Heavy Duty:

          has come and gone.                                                          “Tootie Fruity Youth Juice” and
          Thank you to all the                                                        nibbled on some fresh fruit as                       Strongman Sunny Fonjong
          volunteers and to the                                   LAURIE              they watched their children,                       makes the 300lb Log Carry
          Sault Ste Marie Métis
                                                                   FONJONG            spouses, family and friends par-                    look like a game of pick-up
          Council for hosting                                                         ticipate in some gruelling tests of                     sticks during the Métis
such a wonderful Assembly.                                                            their physical and mental
    This year the Métis Voyageur                                                      strengths.                                      Voyageur Games at this year’s
Games featured an outstanding                                                             I would also like to thank the               Assembly in Sault Ste. Marie.
list of competitors on both cul-
                                                  THE GAMES                           UMAYC staff, Sports Leaders,
tural days. I can barely wait to see                                                  Hank Rowlinson, Scott Rowlin-
what happens next year!                         focussed on the Adult Voyageur        son, Wayne Trudeau, Loma Rowl-                  in our communities and through-
    There is a lot to be said about             Games. On this day we started at      inson, Jason Defosse, Ernie Hal-                out our great Nation. So again, I
the strength our ancestors must                 10 am and were finished at 5 pm.      iuk, Norm Monaghan, Paul Pow-                   thank you!
have had while competing in our                 Again, this enabled the volun-        ley, and Douglas Laroche, as well                   I am proud to say that you
traditional Métis games. I am sure              teers and the staff to take part in   as Jennifer St. Germain and Shel-               don’t have to be a card holder of
that today’s games are just as dif-             other workshops that were being       ley Gonneville for allowing me to               the MNO to feel a strong connec-
ficult. I am happy to say that safe-            offered on the last cultural day of   schedule their staff to help run                tion to the Métis people. For
ty is a top priority for the Métis              the week.                             the games this year. You can only               example, my husband Sunny
Voyageur Games staff; we will                      On Thursday evening, Hank          imagine how much relief Hank                    enjoys learning more and more
always hold each competitor’s                   Rowlinson and President Tony          and I felt having your staff help               about my culture and about the
safety at the highest level of                  Belcourt presented the Gold, Sil-     us.                                             Métis Nation of Ontario’s magnif-
importance. We are all here to                  ver and Bronze medals to each             If I have missed anyone,                    icent extended “family” and he
have fun but we are also here to                Voyageur Game finalist. See           please accept my apologies, I                   too feels the connection that we
play safely.                                    below and page 13 for the win-        honestly cannot thank these                     all have. Even though he is not
    We tried something a little bit             ners in each category.                wonderful volunteers enough;                    Métis by blood, he knows what it
different this year, and the flow of               On a more personal note I          without them, the Métis                         feels like to be a Métis at heart.
the games went very well.                       would like to thank Kelly             Voyageur Games would not have                       Our lives are forever changed
    On Tuesday, we focussed on                  Omenye (UMAYC Timmins) and            run so smoothly.                                when we come across people
the Youth Voyageur Games. We                    her team of youths who provided           I would also like to thank all of           who are proud of their heritage
started at 9 am and we were fin-                fresh fruit, ice cold water and       the people who sat in the hot                   and their roots. Being the best
ished by noon. This allowed peo-                fruity drinks to all of the           blistering sun and cheered on all               Métis we can be benefits us all!
ple to attend the activities that               Voyageur Games’ staff members.        of the Voyageur Game partici-
were planned at St. Joe’s Island.               She received rave reviews from        pants. You make the difference in               Laurie Fonjong is the MNO’s Reg-
    Then, on Thursday, we                       many of our spectators who pur-       how these games are perceived                   istry Administrative Assistant.

 MÉTIS VOYAGEUR GAMES RESULTS 2006                                                                                                                                                ADULT GAMES
                                                 180lb CREAM CAN CARRY                                                                   WOMEN’S 90lb CARRY
                                                 1st    Luc Lamoureux                                                                  1st     Evelyn Powley
                                                 2nd    Sunny Fonjong                                                                  2nd     Anna Trudeau
                                                 3rd    Dave Potvin                                                                    3rd     Stephanie Michaud

                                                       300lb LOG CARRY                                                                       ADULT SLING SHOT
                                                 1st    Sunny Fonjong                                                                  1st     Norm Monaghan
                                                 2nd    Dave Potvin                                          PHOTO:   Wendy Baillie
                                                                                                                                       2nd     Ernie Haliuk
                                                 3rd    Ernie Haliuk                                                                   3rd     Jason Defosse

                                                         450lb CARRY                                                                          ADULT AIR RIFLE
                                                 1st    Sunny Fonjong                                                                  1st     Bill Rhody
                                                 2nd    Keith Hendricks                                                                2nd     Laura Bourgouis
                                                 3rd    Dave Potvin                                                                    3rd     Alain Pettit

                                                    MEN’S 180lb CARRY                                                                  ADULT HATCHET THROW
                                                 1st    Sunny Fonjong                                                                  1st     Ken Millard
                                                 2nd    Keith Hendricks                                                                2nd     Stan McHale
                                                 3rd    Paul Powley                                                                    3rd     Scott Rowlinson
                      PHOTO:   Laurie Fonjong

    Sierra Noble
    The MNO was very lucky to have 16 year old
    fiddling sensation Sierra Noble at the AGA all
    week. The Winnipeg native has been playing
    the fiddle since she was 7 years old and
    studied the Métis fiddle with the legendary
    Tommy Knott. She has been named Manitoba
    Junior Fiddling Champion in 2004 and 2006
    and Jigging Champion in 2004. You can find
    out where Sierra will be playing next on her

                                                     Recording artist, TV host,
                                                     AGA emcee, and MNO
                                                     Provincial Telehealth Coor-
                                                     dinator, Loma does it all.

                                                     Beverly Souliere
                                                     MNO’s Provincial Aboriginal
                                                     Problem Gambling Prevention
                                                     Coordinator has a voice built
                                                     for the blues. Bev put on
                                                     another great show this year.
                                                                  SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR   9

                              Sandy Scofield
                              Juno-award nominee Sandy
                              Scofield played on stage and
                              ran music workshops for the
                              Métis youth.

                              Fairlane Cruisers
                              The music of the 50’s and
                              60’s tribute band got socks
                              hopping on Monday night.

                              Larry Berrio
                              Sudbury’s Larry Berrio has rocked
                              venues across Canada over the
                              last several years. On Wednesday
                              night Larry brought his raucous
                              brand of country-rock to the
                              AGA’s big tent.

Carey Calder
was joined on stage by
musician Shane Belcourt
and Métis Canoe Expedition
veteran Chris MacLeod.

Gilles Giroux &
Whiskey Farmer
Gilles Giroux and his group
served as ‘house band’
throughout the Assembly.
  10      SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR
                                                                                                                                                                        From the Registry:
Sport Leaders take on their first AGA So much
                                                                                                                                                                        more than
                                                                                                                                                                        a card
      his AGA was particularly
      special for me. As the
      MNO Aboriginal Sport Ini-                                                                                                                                         BYKAROLE DUMONT-BECKETT
      tiative Supervisor I walk                                                                                                                                         REGISTRAR/DIRECTOR OF REGISTRY
      ‘loud and proud’ where
my ‘team’ is concerned.

                                                                                                                                                                             very team member in Reg-
These unique individuals are                                                                                                                                                 istry knows how impor-
heading the Sport Initiative                                                                                                                                                 tant obtaining MNO citizen-
at such a fast and positive                                                                                                                                                  ship is for every applicant.
pace; I could not have                      PATTI MOREAU                             DEBBIE BURGESS                                 ANGIE NOEL                          The part we like the most is
dreamed of accomplishing                    COMMUNITY SPORT LEADER                   COMMUNITY SPORT LEADER                         COMMUNITY SPORT LEADER              sending out citizen cards. It’s
this alone.                                 Sault Ste. Marie                         Dryden                                         Ottawa                              always such a pleasure, but
    As you are all aware this is a                                                                                                                                      every once in a while a note

                                          T                                      I                                                M
new initiative for the Métis                 he AGA is a time of coming             would like to share a few sto-                      y name is Angie Noel and I      comes across my desk that
Nation. What you may not know                together, meeting new people,          ries from my experience at the                      am the Community Sports         adds a whole new dimension
is that in keeping the door open             learning new things about our          AGA in Sault Ste. Marie. I must                     Leader in Ottawa. I would       to exercising this privilege.
to deliver programming that suits         culture and experiencing a Métis       say that I not only discovered a                 like to give thanks to everyone           Claudette Gingras, our
each individual Métis community           way of life. It is about sharing,      lot about the MNO, but most of                   who was involved in the AGA;          Assistant Registrar, along with
the Sport Leaders are left with a         having fun and working.                all, a lot about myself!                         the week was a lot of fun. When I     her father and brother recent-
blank work plan. Some may say                 This year’s AGA was a very             I would like to start off with               was working or volunteering my        ly received their cards after a
this is an easy way to work, while        meaningful one to me for two           the first time I tried the hatchet               time everyone was friendly; it        long and tedious search.
others understand the frustration         reasons. Being an involved Métis       throw. On my third attempt I hit                 didn’t matter where I was look-           For some, the research is
and challenges it can bring.              citizen of Sault Ste Marie I           a bullseye! Is there such a thing                ing there were smiles on a lot of     quick and simple, while for
    Their presence was welcome            learned what goes into the             as hatchet throwing for a career?                faces.                                others the path is littered with
as leaders of the daycare activi-         whole production of an AGA. It is      Second, I also became a horse-                                                         obstacles. For every one of us,
ties. Throughout the week they            a long process that began back in      shoe throwing expert while prac-                                                       however, crossing the finish
kept an eye out for the most gra-         January, but seeing everyone’s         tising for two hours straight as I                I have never had                     line is a moment in time that
cious, respectful and cooperative         smiles and making new friends          manned the horseshoe station                      the opportunity to                   remains embedded in our
children participating. Activities        made it all worth it. As the Com-      for the ‘Walk away from Dia-                                                           memory forever. It is the
were divided among three age              munity Sport Leader for Region 4       betes’ event. In between partici-
                                                                                                                                   attend an Assembly                   moment when one’s pride is
groups, Tiny Tots, Juniors and            for the MNO Aboriginal Sport Ini-      pants, I played my left hand ver-                 before and I was                     so powerful that it begs to be
Teens. Although all the children          tiative I was productively             sus my right hand. To my sur-                     taken aback by the                   shared with a nation; when
received a ‘sporting gift’ at the         involved in providing the chil-        prise, considering I am right                                                          raising the Métis flag, loudly
end of the week, three children           dren and youth with fun activi-        handed, my left hand won the
                                                                                                                                   generosity of people.                proclaims one’s pride and her-
were acknowledged in a more               ties, as well as assisting with the    game! I decided to become left                                                         itage.
memorable fashion. A presenta-            Voyageur Games. This week,             handed when playing horse-                          I have never had the opportu-          Marcel Gingras recounts his
tion was made in front of all             although exhausting, at times          shoes.                                           nity to attend an AGA before and I    family’s journey in the follow-
under the main tent on Friday. It         provided me the opportunity to             I also did some yoga and                     was taken aback by the generosi-      ing letter and pictures, which
was the first year for The Senator        grow in many ways. My memo-            meditation with the girls at the                 ty of people. People who don’t        he allowed us to share with all
Reta Gordon Award, which was              ries will be cherished forever.        daycare and found my inner                       know you are saying ‘hello’.          our citizens.
a sash and a token badge given                                                   child! The girls showed me some                     Even though the heat was               ~~~~~~~~~~
to these outstanding children.             My memories will be                   of their yoga poses and I was                    horrendous during the Voyageur
    I would like to thank not only         cherished forever                     quite impressed!                                 Games—actually all week—I was              June 29, 2006
Senator Reta for allowing us the                                                     Last but not least, I received               amazed at how many participants            Re: Métis Heritage
honour, but also Lisa Pigeau                  I would like to thank all the      my very first smudging ceremony                  there were, and shocked at how
(AHWS, Ottawa) for creating the           volunteers who took time from          from two wonderful young                         many spectators we had. This             Until about seven years
leather badges for us.                    their personal lives to assist in      ladies: Marissa and Jordyn Hen-                  shows me that the MNO is a real       ago, I had no idea of my Métis
                                          the success of the 13th Annual         dricks. Thank you girls!                         tight group of people who will        heritage. I can remember a
Shelley Gonneville is the MNO’s Provin-   General Assembly. Appreciation             All in all I had a great experi-             open their doors to all others. I     picture of my grandmother;
cial Diabetes Services Supervisor.        of their efforts can hardly be         ence and I met so many wonder-                   would like to thank you all for       she was tall and dark, but in
                                          expressed through words alone.         ful people throughout the week.                  this treasure.                        those days all pictures were
                                                                                                                                                                        black and white and colour-
                                                                                                                                                                        ing was hard to judge. My
UMAYC AT THE AGA                                                                                                                                                        father never mentioned any-
                                                                                                                                                                        thing about his mother being

TOOTIE                                                                                                                                                                  native.
                                                                                                                                                                           About seven years ago one
                                                                                                                                                                        of my brothers started work-

FRUITY                                                                                                                                                                  ing on a family tree for a
                                                                                                                                                                        family reunion we were hav-

                                                                                                                                                                        ing. This is when he found out
                                                                                                                                                                        about our ancestry.
                                                                                                                                                                           For some reason, in my

JUICE                                                                                                                                                                   father’s time, it seems that you
                                                                                                                                                                        did not talk about your
                                                                                                                                                                        native ancestry.
BY   KELLY OMENYE                                                                                                                                                          This has finally been recti-
                                                                                                                                  (left) Kelly Omenye does her thing    fied; I am now 69 years old
                                                                                                                                  at the blender.                       and proudly flying my Métis
                                                                                                                                                                        flag in my yard. I also wear

   would like to start by express-
   ing my gratitude to the Métis                                                                                                  (above) PCMNO Councilor for           my sash at every occasion
   Youth who participated in a                                                                                                    Region 9 Eric Scofield gives a full   that warrants it. Recently I
   variety of activities during this                                                                                              endorsement to the Tooty Fruity       showed up at a legion parade
year’s AGA, including helping Gin-                                                                       PHOTOS:   Kelly Omenye   Juice stand product.                  and opened a few eyes when I
ny Gonneau at the auction table;                                                                                                                                        got there wearing my sash.
assisting Registry assemble and           and the kindness you showed to         some of the Timmins youth and                    tor Earl Scofield.
hand out the AGA kits; ensuring           the Youth as well as to me and my      we decided to sell these drinks                     The Youth who attended were             MARCEL T. GINGRAS
that the Senators and other atten-        family. It was greatly appreciated.    throughout the week. This was a                  happy to hear what the Senators            Proud Métis Citizen
dees at the meeting portions of              The Timmins youth group             great fund raising opportunity for               of the Métis Nation had to share
the AGA had water to drink. You           helped Laurie Fonjong by provid-       the Timmins Youth; we will be                    with them. We all learned a lot
have made me proud to be a                ing water to all of the Sports Lead-   sure to do it again at the next AGA.             that night and we all had a chance
UMAYC Coordinator.                        ers, UMAYC staff and other volun-         I would like to thank all of the              to share our own stories with
   The Timmins Youth who                  teers on both cultural days. So I      Senators who attended the shar-                  everyone. There were over 30
attended the first ever ‘Youth Vil-       thought, why not provide people        ing/talking circle on Thursday                   participants in our circle.
lage’ have not stopped raving             with healthy and cold fruit drink      evening, at the Youth Village. The                  Thank you to everyone who
about how great a time they expe-         as they watch the Voyageur             Youth got the chance to learn                    participated and shared their sto-
rienced at their first AGA.               Games?                                 wonderful things from Senator                    ries. It was heartwarming to say
   The Sault Ste Marie Council               The ‘Tootie Fruity Youth Juice’     Roland St. Germain, Senator Reta                 the least.
and staff truly outdid themselves.        was a hit; the response was so         Gordon, Senator Audrey Vallee,                      Kelly Omenye is the MNO’s
Thank you for your hospitality            overwhelming that I met with           Senator Jacques Leroux and Sena-                 UMAYC Coordinator in Timmins.
                                                                                                                                                SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR   11

                                                                                                                                 Senators’ Spotlight

Senators’ Forum Overview:
                                       The Fourth Hill
                                              First ever ‘Senators’ Forum’
Wisdom                                     preludes the 2006 MNO Assembly
& sharing                                        nother AGA has come                                                  played Amazing Grace on his

                                                 and gone and I am                                                    harmonica in remembrance of

at Senators                                      still on a high over                              RETA               our fallen warriors. So ended the
                                                 this year’s success. We                           GORDON             first Senators’ Forum.
                                                 Senators were fortu-                                                     I could not have put on an

Forum                                            nate in obtaining a
                                       grant from ‘New Horizons’
                                       which enabled us to hold our
                                                                                                                      event such as this without a lot of
                                                                                                                      help from other people so I owe
                                                                                                                      them a debt of gratitude.
BY   RUTH WAGNER-MILLINGTON            first ‘Senators’ Forum’, thanks
                                                                               PCMNO Senator                              Thanks to Sunny and Laurie
                                       to a successful proposal sub-           about meeting with us to record        Fonjong for the beautiful graphics
                                       mitted by Wenda Watteyne.               our stories, but so far nothing has    and printing in the kits and for

   his year for                            We arrived in Sault Ste. Marie      happened. Our guess Is that we         helping to put the kits together
   the first time                      on Friday, July 7th, and all stayed     Elders will have to be the ones to     and transport them. They spent
   ever, through                       at the same hotel, where we gath-       get the ball rolling.                  many evenings on the computer
a New Horizons                         ered that evening for a ‘meet and          With 30 Senators in attendance      both at their home and at ours.
programme, the                         greet’. It was so exciting to see       there were lively debates. We              Thanks to Patricia Lejour for
Senators came                          one another and to meet new             hope this will be an annual event,     setting up the hotel rooms and
together for two                       Senators, such as Claire Kearns, of     and a proposal has already been        travel and for ordering the brief
days of meetings prior to the          the Oshawa Council; Patricia Dry-       submitted for next year.               cases I designed.
AGA. Previously, the Senators          den, Geraldton Council; and Dora           On Saturday the 9th, guest              Thanks to Marc St.Germain for
had met on an “off ” day, cram-        McInnis of the GBMC.                    speakers were invited to share         the beautiful covers on our AGA
ming a meeting into four or five           On Saturday, the 8th, we Sena-      with us what was happening in          binders featuring the pictures of
hours when we would rather be          tors (along with our invited            the various departments of the         the Senators and the Youth.
out seeing the Voyageur                guests, spouses, partners, family       MNO. In attendance were Presi-             Thanks to Katelin Peltier for
Games.                                 and friends) met in the confer-         dent, Tony Belcourt; and Chair,        taking the minutes of the Forum,
    This year’s forum was called       ence room and brought our con-          Gary Lipinski; Director of Health      and for always helping me, no
‘Building Stronger Communi-            cerns and ideas to the table. Sena-     Services, Doug Wilson; Director        matter what I asked of her.
ties’ and was the first of its kind.   tor Elmer Ross discussed such           of Housing and Human                       Thanks to Lisa Pigeau for the
It was viewed as the “first step”      Elders’ needs as housing, health        Resources, Jean McIsaac-Wiitala;       lovely magnetic bracelets given to
in a series of Senator-driven          care, monetary care, and help that      Chief Registrar, Karole Dumont-        all the Senators, plus all the
activities.                            would enable Elders to live out         Beckett; Director of Education         health needs and the Hudson’s
    We arrived at the Water Tow-       their golden years in their own         and Training, Jen St.Germain, and      Bay story books.
er Inn on Friday evening. After        homes. It has been said life con-       from the Youth Branch, Ginny               Thanks to Shelley Gonneville
check-in we had a 'meet-and-           sists of four hills: infancy, youth,    Gonneau and Chris McLeod.              for the delectable fruit trays she
greet' in the library where we         maturity, and old age. Many of our         All of the presentations were       provided for the Senators on the
enjoyed tea, coffee, juice and         Elders have ascended and                most interesting and informative.      three meeting days of the AGA.
sandwiches. On Saturday a buf-         descended the first three hills. As
fet breakfast was available at         we mount the fourth hill may we
8am. At 9am the meeting was            then descend this hill in dignity.      You don’t stop laughing because you grow old;
called to order and the Métis              The Senators feel that it is time
flags under the care and guid-
ance of Senator Jacques Leroux
                                       that the MNO leaders propose to
                                       the federal, provincial and munici-
                                                                                     you grow old because you stop laughing
(St.Joseph Island/Bruce Mines)         pal governments that they supply
were paraded into the West             funds to enable the MNO to put          We were all astounded at the              Thanks to Senators Brenda
Hall, our meeting and eating           programs into place to see that         growth of the MNO, including the       Powley and Jack Leroux for all of
place for the next two days. The       the needs of Métis Elders are met.      increased number of staff, of citi-    their input and hard work ensur-
opening prayer was said by Sen-            Senator Earl Scofield addressed     zens and of programs available to      ing that the AGA was the success it
ator Brenda Powley (Sault Ste          ways to bring more citizens into        citizens. Each speaker received a      turned out to be.
Marie) followed by opening             the MNO, such as setting up             gift of a beautiful box containing a      Last but not least, thanks to
remarks from our head PCMNO            booths at powwows, Aboriginal           candle, and medicine bag, and a        my husband Ron, for running
Senator, Reta Gordon. Reta             festivals and at National Aboriginal    leather bookmark in the shape of       around picking up supplies and
thanked people in attendance           Day events where MNO informa-           a feather, crafted by Carol Bed-       then storing them in his garage.
for all their hard work in help-       tion could be distributed.              ford, wife of Senator Gerry Bed-          Especially, we thank the Cre-
ing to ensure that this first Sen-         Senator Roland St.Germain           ford. (Speaking of the Bedfords: A     ator for guiding us all to this
ators’ Forum would be a suc-           spoke on the subject of smudg-          few days after their return from       forum and AGA safely.
cess. There were 24 Senators           ing. He pointed out that although       the AGA, their daughter Coral             The dedication of the planning
present and 14 other observing         some people do not regard               presented them with a beautiful        committee that organized this AGA
guests.                                smudging as a Métis practice, if        grand-baby named Carter. See the       so superbly will be obvious to you
    We had greeting remarks by         we think back to our past, most         next Voyageur for more on this         from this edition of the Voyageur.
Regional Councillor, Brent             likely as our grandfathers were         new Métis citizen.)                       In closing I want to single out
McHale (Sault Ste. Marie). The         reciting the rosary, our grand-             On Sunday evening a banquet        Michele Dale and her workers and
entire forum was excellently           mothers were smudging. Follow-          was held for 60 people to close        say how very impressed I was
chaired by Wenda Watteyne,             ing his talk, he smudged us all.        the forum. Following dinner, Sen-      with the way the daycare was run.
Living Sky Solutions, who had              Senator Wagner-Millington dis-      ator Marion Larkman and Senator        Chi Migwetch!
been the facilitator in getting        cussed the importance of passing        Earl Scofield were presented with         I leave you all with this
the funding for and setting up         on stories told to us by our ances-     Hudson’s Bay blankets in recogni-      thought: You don’t stop laughing
this entire forum.                     tors. For some time, the MNO            tion of their status as World War II   because you grow old; you grow
                 MORE ON PAGE 12       Youth branch has been talking           veterans. Senator Elmer Ross           old because you stop laughing.
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Senators’ Forum overview
FROM PAGE 11...                       that exists now. He also spoke
    Senator Reta Gordon herself about the sale of water to the US
had worked tirelessly on this with great concern. Senator Earl
forum for months, and had con- felt that in order to increase citi-
sidered every possible little thing zenship we should go to events,
which would ameliorate this fairs, powwows and wear our
Forum. We were all presented sashes to make people aware of
with a lovely specially made black our presence.
briefcase with a snowy owl on it          Senator     Lois     McCallum
and MNO Senators written below. (Ottawa) asked: “Is the MNO AGA
The Snowy Owl is a symbol of the for families?” and expressed her
wise old/elder/senator and is the concern about some unfriendly
Senators’ logo. We were also given conduct which took place last
personalized Senators’ stationery year in the tent in the evening.
with the snowy owl logo on it.        She said so wisely, “Children are
    Because we were all housed in our future; ensure that they see
the same hotel where the meet- healthy living.” Perhaps the bar
ings were held, it was easy to get should be opened at 9 pm instead
to meetings and to chat with fel- of earlier. Discussion ensued on
low Senators. Our breakfasts, this item and a good point was
lunches and suppers were provid- raised: how do you regulate a
ed, and compliments to the chef function at a campground where
are in order; everything was deli- people have their own sites?
cious. Fruit and juice and water          Senator Ruth Wagner-Milling-
were available at breaks. We were ton (Moon River) felt that we
very well cared for, and everyone should be documenting our sto-                                                                                             PHOTO
                                                                                                                                                                  S:   Bonny
commented on the preparation ries, songs, poems, games and                                                                                                                     Cann
which must have gone into such music as we hear them from our
an undertaking.                       friends and relatives. What does it
                                                                             Youth Photography workshop:
    Wenda went over the objec- mean to be Métis? These things
tives of the forum. Even with two should be documented as soon as
days allotted, there was an enor- possible and would make a won-
                                                                             Nurturing your inner shutterbug
mous number of issues which derful history available by book or
were presented and questioned movie for our future generations               BY   BONNY CANN                      encouraged to get creative and       and the workshop a great suc-
and discussed. Attention was to be proud of.                                                                      to take pictures of the same         cess. The youth have requested
focussed          on                                      Judy Montague                                           things utilizing the shadows,        an extended program for next

strengthening the                                     from the New                ixteen people participated      lighting and angles for different    year. We hope to accommodate
network of Sena-                                      Horizons      pro-          in the photography work-        effects.                             this request.
tors, seniors and                                     gramme spoke                shop during this year’s            The youth used up 27 pic-            If you were involved in the
elders in the Métis                                   about the pro-              Building Bridges Festival       tures on disposable cameras.         program and were not able to
communities in                                        gramme and what        at the AGA. Amanda Strong and        The films were then developed        pick up your photos prior to
Ontario to become                                     it does. Our Chair,    Bonny Cann conducted the             and each participant was able        leaving, please e-mail at bon-
more active and                                       Wenda Watteyne,        workshop with the assistance         to choose one picture to be or phone
engaged in com-                                       quizzed us on          of Yvonne Scholich and Diane         framed. Each photograph was          me toll free at 1-888-466-6684
munity, regional                                      what we were           Lipinski.                            exhibited in a gallery for all to    and we’ll be happy to mail
and provincial lev-                                   doing in our own          The youth participants            view from Wednesday to Friday.       them to you.
els; to promote the
                              “We were all            communities by         ranged from 2 to 20 and were         The work was very impressive
spirit of volun-          presented with a way of volun-
teerism and partic-                                   teerism, and we
                            lovely specially
ipation, working
with and involving
the Youth and
                                                      heard many won-
                         made black brief- derful things. The                Steve
                        case with a snowy Forum one with a      recessed
sharing cultural
values and skills.
                                                      on day
                         owl on it and MNO closing prayer by                 Powley,
    Many important        Senators written Senator Jacques
brought to our
                        below. The Snowy
                                                          Day two our
attention: PCMNO
Senator, Roland
St.Germain, spoke
                           Owl is a symbol opening prayer
                               of the wise
                                                      was said by Sena-
                                                      tor Marion Lark-
about smudging             old/elder/senator man (the Grand-
and sharing infor-                                    mother of the          BY   CAM BURGESS
mation, weaving                and is the             Métis Nation). We
our       communi-         Senators’ logo.” then had presen-
                                                      tations        and

ties—Aboriginal,                                                                his year’s assembly was spe-
Métis and others.                                     speeches by Presi-        cial to me because it was
                                                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO:   Cameron Burgess
    Senator Kay Lynch (Kenora) dent, Tony Belcourt and Chair,                   held in the Powley’s home         Cameron Burgess pays a visit to an old friend.
was concerned about how to deal Gary Lipinski. Jean McIsaac-Wiitala          town. It was nice to see Brenda
with the new ‘community code'.        told us about what the MNO is          (Senator) and her family, Paul,      dama being recognized by the         300 lb pole carry, and Cam and
    Senator Marlene Greenwood doing with housing. At lunch we                Rod, Evelyn and Kim all              Ontario Arts Council for their       Kim first out in horseshoes.
proposed that the title 'Senator' had a viewing of the as yet unre-          involved with our Nation as vol-     work in preserving and promot-          I will end by thanking all the
should be kept after 10 years of leased Indigenous Legal Tradi-              unteers or on council positions.     ing Métis history. I was mesmer-     volunteers, Sault Ste. Marie
service.                              tions Documentary.                         I took the opportunity to vis-   ized by 16 year old Sierra Noble     Council, Soo and Ottawa Staff,
    Senator Elmer Ross (Veterans          In the afternoon we heard          it with Steve; pay my respects,      with her talent as a fiddler and     Councilor Brent McHale, Sena-
Senator) brought forth the issue from Doug Wilson about health               and reminisce. The photo             entertainer.                         tor Jack Leroux and Hank and
of assistance to seniors over 75, and seniors; from Karole Dumont-           above is for those citizens who         Congratulations to the ath-       Loma Rowlinson for another
help with lawn, snow, house- Beckett about her amazing work                  have not seen his headstone.         letes and competitors from           successful assembly.
cleaning, financial assistance, in re-vamping our Registry; and                  There were many highlights       Region 2 in the games and               To all the old friends and
medical alert and seniors’ needs.     from Ginny Gonneau and Chris           during the week: President Bel-      dancing—Cassidy Choquette,           new ones I met at this AGA, see
    Senator Al Roussin (Dryden) McLeod about the youth, and                  court being recognized by the        1st Jigging; Emma Haliuk, 2nd        you next year.
was concerned about being able their upcoming trip to Ecuador,               MNO for receiving a National         Métis Idol; Matthew Choquette,
to communicate from the munici- and we were able to view a video             Aboriginal Achievement Award;        Sportsmanship Award; Ernie           Cameron Burgess is the PCMNO Coun-
pal community councils to the of the canoe trip to Batoche last              Scott Carpenter and Olive Tei-       Haliuk, 2nd Sling shot and 3rd       cillor for Region 2.
provincial councils in Ottawa. We summer. As an off shoot Ginny
have now just instigated a tele- asked several of the Senators to
imaging system which will proba- take part in a “Talking Circle” with       working at the PCMNO.                 ator Gerry Bedford.                   praise given was well deserved.
bly begin to help.                    some of the youth at their tent-         Throughout the two days, each         Many of the people who were        Although we were quite tired after
    Senator Earl Scofield (Wind- ground area one evening. We all            time we had a guest speaker, and      guest speakers, took the opportu-     the intensity of the two days, all
sor) raised environmental con- had a wonderful time listening to            as you can see there were many,       nity to praise and thank PCMNO        the Senators were pleased with
cern about the un-mothballing and relating stories. It was a                he or she was presented with a        Senator Reta Gordon for her mar-      what we had managed to cover,
and building of new nuclear pow- delightful mix of young and old.           box which contained some Métis        velous idea of having this forum      learn, and accomplish. The 2006
er facilities while we still have no Jen St.Germain came and spoke          crafts graciously hand crafted by     and for all of her hard work in       Senators’ Forum was unanimously
solution as to the nuclear waste of many of her undertakings                Carol Bedford, wife of PCMNO Sen-     bringing it to fruition. All the      declared a great success.    •••
                                                                                                                                               SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR                   13

            5 ...
                                        Scenes from an AGA

jigging show. The Toe-Tappers
were accompanied by young
Sierra Noble who dazzled the
Assembly again with a talent and
bearing well beyond her years.
    The Fairlane Cruisers put a
shiny sequined finish on the
night with their tribute to the
wa-wa-wa-wa-wonderful sounds
of the 50’s and 60’s.
                                                                                                                                                               Dalton Matthias, 1st Place
                                                                                                                                                             ‘Métis Idol’ Youth Talent Contest

                                                                                                                                                                  YOUTH SACK CARRY

    uesday and Thursday at the
    AGA are cultural days. They                                                                                                                             1st      Dusty Couturier
    provide a break from the busi-                                                                                                                          2nd      Anthony Powley
                                        PHOTO:    Roland St.Germain
ness and an opportunity to be                                                                                                                               3rd      David Lannigan
with friends and family and             Sierra Noble and Tony Belcourt share a moment with Bruce Cockburn who dropped in on the MNO's Build-
share in some traditional Métis         ing Bridges Festival to catch Sierra’s performance. He stopped in on the AGA, near Sault Ste. Marie. en
activities.                             route to his home in Kingston from a gig at the Winnipeg Folk Festival where he met Sierra, and became                    YOUTH SLING SHOT
    A special treat was in store        impressed by her talents. Tony invited Bruce to return, but next time with his guitar.                              1st      Kevin Lachapelle
this year as the MNO, in partner-                                                                                                                           2nd      Dakota Rowlinson
ship with Parks Canada, held a                                                                                                                              3rd      Dalton Matthias
Métis Heritage Celebration at
Fort St. Joseph National Historic
Site a short drive from the AGA.                                                                                                                                   YOUTH AIR RIFLE
Several dozen AGAers took the                                                                                                                               1st      Dylan Hodgeson
chance to walk in their ances-                                                                                                                              2nd      Alex Young
tors’ footsteps. Métis youth in                                                                                                                             3rd      Dalton Matthias
historical garments served as
interpreters at various locations
on the site providing a glimpse                                                                                                                                     YOUTH ARCHERY
of the adventures and hardships                                                                                                                             1st      Caleb McHale
of the fur-trade era.                                                                                                                                       2nd      Alex Young
    Fort St. Joseph was built in                                                                                                                            3rd      Cody Baerg
the late 1700’s by the British to
protect the fur trade from the
Americans. Soon the fort was                                                                                  Anne Trudel                                   SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD
the centre of a thriving commu-                                                                                                                             1st      Tanner Noel
nity of soldiers, fur traders, offi-                                                                                                                        2nd      Matthew Choquette
cials and Aboriginal people. Dur-
ing the War of 1812 the British
used the fort as a base for an
assault on the American’s nearby
Fort Mackinac. After capturing
                                         PHOTO:   Louise Goulding         PHOTO COURTESY:   Mary Mackie
Mackinac the British moved
their garrison there. Fort St.          Victoria Spiers of Huntsville,    Martin Camire and family at
Joseph was burned to the                ON, attended the MNO's Annu-      Fort St. Joseph Métis Her-
ground by the Americans in              al General Assembly with her      itage Celebration on July
retaliation. After the signing of       mother Tammy Porter. Victoria     11th. Martin is the MNO Long
the Treaty of Ghent that ended          entered the jigging contest and   Term Care worker in Kenora.
the 1812 war the British                did very well. She earned a       (From left to right Martin Camire
returned Mackinac to the Ameri-         third place finish along with     holding Kylie [16 months]; wife,
cans and relocated their garrison       $25 which she has yet to          Carrie Camire, with children in                                                                Tanner Noel
to Drummond Island. The isolat-         spend. Proud grandparents are     front, Matthew age 5, and Jenna     Colette Risewick (Timmins) with Elder               Youth Sportsmanship Award
ed area was largely forgotten           Verna and Doug Porter.            age 7.)                             Joe Paquette.
until the government did several
archaeological studies of the old                                                                                                                                 1ST YOUTH JIGGING
fort in the 1960s. (More informa-                                                                                                                           1st      Cassidy Choquette
tion about Fort St. Joseph:                                                                                                                                 2nd      Dalton Mathias                                                                                                                                        3rd      David Lannigan
    As any Métis event must, the
day of historical discovery even-
tually turned into a party. Red                                                                                                                                   2ND YOUTH JIGGING
sashes and blue Métis flags were                                                                                                                            1st      Cody Noel
flying as participants gathered                                                                                                                             2nd      Jerri Powley
on the shore of Potagannissing                                                                                                                              3rd      Victoria Spiers
Bay at the south end of the
island. The ever-present Win-
nipeg Toe-Tappers danced to the                                                                                                                             YOUTH TALENT CONTEST
fiddle as Métis citizens sat down                                                                                                                           1st      Dalton Mathias
to a fantastic pig-on-a-spit meal                                                                                                                           2nd      Emma Haliuk
prepared by a culinary legend of                                                                                                                            3rd      David Lannigan
the near north, Art Bennett.            AGA MONSTER BINGO by Monique Raymond — Every year, our Elders ask us to have a BINGO. Therefore all
    Not far away some other             Health Branch sites collect donations from their area, and these are the prizes we have at the bingo.
Métis had temporarily traded            Whoever wins a bingo can choose a gift, all of approximately $20.00 value.                                                    FISH DERBY
canoe paddles for putters as                                                                                                                                         YO U T H G I R L S
they took part in a mixed scram-                                                                                                                            1st      Hollie McHale
ble golf tournament. Although,         Métis grit winning the tourna-        to raise the roof back up again        the Women’s Secretariat (See            2nd      Monique Johnson
golf is not widely considered a        ment by several strokes.              with a crowd-pleasing set of           page 6) of the Métis Nation of          3rd      Lexie Kaboni
traditional Métis activity, time          Meanwhile at Ojibway Park,         country-tinged rock and roll.          Ontario (WSMNO) reported.
will tell. Perhaps at the 113th        Hank Rowlinson and his Métis                                                 (Related materials distributed in                YO U T H B OY S
MNO AGA the delegates will speak       Voyageur Games team were put-                WEDNESDAY, JULY 12TH            the MNO’s 13th Annual General           1st      Caleb McHale
of their ancestors’ brave derring-     ting the youth through their                                                 Assembly package can be

do on mosquito-infested golf           paces with races and contests              n Wednesday morning it was        obtained by contacting the MNO
courses across the Homeland.           courier du bois might have                 back to business. Senator         head office in Ottawa)                  1st      Pauline Huppie-Parsons
There were no bugs at the Island       engaged in on the same shores              Reta Gordon reported on              Finance and Administration                    MEN
Springs Golf Resort on St.             200 years ago (photos and             the Senators’ Forum (See page          reports and discussion followed,        1st      Chris Briski
Joseph Island though. The truly        more Voyageur Games results on        11 & 12) that took place on July       lead by MNO Executive Director,
beautiful and definitely challeng-     page 7.)                              8-9 just before the AGA. Youth         Pierre Lefebvre; Director of
ing course and its staff proved           As the sun went down the big       issues and recent business of the      Finance, Steve Berry, and PCMNO                  HORSESHOES
great hosts to the tournament          tent lit up and Sierra Noble          Métis Nation of Ontario Youth          Secretary-Treasurer, Tim Pile.
                                                                                                                                                            1st      Carmen Gravel/Gordon Calder
participants. MNO Administrator,       brought down the house again.         Council (MNOYC) were covered           Randy Tivy of Collins Barrow
                                                                                                                                                            2nd      Stephanie Cruise/Brandon Morin
Pete Lefebrve and his team of          Luckily, Gilles Giroux and his        by Ginny Gonneau. Evelyn Pow-
                                                                                                                                                            3rd      Tim Pile/Eric Scofield
golfing voyageurs showed true          band, Whiskey Farmer, were able       ley, the acting spokesperson for                             MORE ON PAGE 14
  14      SUMMER 2006 • MÉTIS VOYAGEUR

 “That was a recognition of our people.”                                                                                                                                                                 MNO
FROM PAGE 13 ...                                 which set the stage for the his-
                                                 toric Kelowna Accord, arrived at
                                                                                                    distinct processes,” said Presi-
                                                                                                    dent Chartier. “And everyone
                                                                                                                                                      Legal Counsel for the MNO
                                                                                                                                                      stepped up to provide the                          Corporation
Chartered Accountants reviewed
the auditor’s report and dis-
                                                 last November.
                                                     “For the first time in history
                                                                                                    now knows that the Métis are a
                                                                                                    distinct historic People.
                                                                                                                                                      Assembly with a province-by-
                                                                                                                                                      province Homeland-wide                             holds Annual
cussed the audit process. (Relat-                the Prime Minister and the Gov-                       “I believed at the time we                     overview on current Métis
ed materials distributed under                   ernment of Canada recognized                       were going to move ahead rapid-                   rights-related issues and litiga-                  General
Tabs 1, 4 and 5 of the Métis                     us as a Nation,” said President                    ly with the Kelowna Accord. We                    tion. (Topics discussed by Jean at
Nation of Ontario’s 13th Annual                  Chartier. “It was very clear; it                   could have gone great dis-                        the AGA are expounded upon in                      Meeting
General Assembly package can                     was unequivocal and stated                         tances,” said President Chartier.                 her 2006 Métis Law Summary
be obtained by contacting the
MNO head office in Ottawa)
                                                 forcefully by the Prime Minister
                                                 and hence followed by the
                                                                                                    “People say now the Kelowna
                                                                                                    Accord is dead with the election
                                                                                                                                                      which is available on the MNO’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                         at AGA
   Next up was Métis Rights—                     bureaucracy that was resistant                     of the new Conservative govern-                       Jean spoke about the break-                    by Katelin Peltier
always a hot topic. Métis Nation-                for many years.”                                   ment. However, we have not giv-                   down of the July 2004 Four Point
                                                                                                                                                                                                                n July 14, 2006, the Annual

al Council President, Clement                        President Chartier spoke of                    en up.”                                           Harvesting Agreement reached
Chartier, extended his greetings                 the ongoing struggle since 1983,                      President Chartier said the                    between the MNO and the Gov-                              General Assembly of the Métis
and provided a brief background                  the formation of the Métis                         MNC would continue to push to                     ernment of Ontario.                                       Nation of Ontario Development
on recent relations with the fed-                National Council and its effort to                 salvage whatever was possible                         “Within in months [the gov-                           Corporation met at Ojibway
eral government. President                       fashion a process of negotiation                   from that Accord and had                          ernment] had severely restricted                   Park, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. The
Chartier described an “unprece-                  specific to the Métis Nation that                  appointed Jason Madden as the                     where it would apply,” said Jean.                  meeting was called to order by
dented” process that began with                  was distinct from First Nations                    MNC’s Chief Negotiator for the                    The result being that Métis in                     MNODC President, Tony Belcourt.
the election of Paul Martin’s gov-               and Inuit.                                         Framework Agreement as part of                    the area below Sudbury and                             President Belcourt discussed the
ernment in 2003, and lead up to                      “Finally with the Kelowna                      this effort.                                      North Bay were suddenly left                       past and present composition of the
the 2005 signing of thae Métis                   Accord there was agreement                            Next, Jean Teillet, of the law                 out of the agreement and several                   MNODC Board of Directors, who were
Nation Framework Agreement                       that we would have separate and                    firm Pape, Saulter & Teillet, and                 charges have been laid.                            appointed by the PCMNO. The MNODC is
                                                                                                                                                          Currently, the MNO has bun-                    a separately incorporated ‘for profit’
                                                                                                                                                      dled three of the charges togeth-                  corporation with one share owned by
                                                                                                     GOLF BEST BALL (Tuesday)                         er and is fighting them in court.                  the MNO. The MNODC does not have
  Proud to be Métis in the City                                                                      1st Place Team:
                                                                                                                                                      Marc Laurin, Shaun Lemieux and
                                                                                                                                                      Roger Lemieux, MNO Harvest
                                                                                                                                                                                                         capacity to hire staff, but receives
                                                                                                                                                                                                         some support from the MNO’s eco-
                                                                                                     Pete Lefebvre, Andy Lefebvre,

      ere are the lyrics to the song the Toronto office sang at                                                                                       Certificate holders, were                          nomic development branch. Its aim
      Karaoke. We had challenged Sault Ste Marie office staff to a                                   Jen St.Germain, Paul Heighington                 charged while fishing for food                     is to create employment and eco-
      “Karaoke sing off ” but the Soo declined. The words were                                                    LONGEST DRIVE                       on the French River. Jean said                     nomic development opportunities for
      adapted by Karen Gellman (HBHC) and sung to the tune of                                        Men   Allan Vallee                               the proceedings were moving                        Métis citizens and communities in
 Okie from Muskogee by Merl Haggard. On stage was Karen Gell-                                        Women Amanda Lipinski                            slowly and she didn’t expect a                     order to create stronger and healthi-
 man; Kim Sicker; Stephanie Cruise; Mary Barley; Bonny Cann and                                                                                       decision before spring, 2007.                      er Métis communities.
 Yvonne Scohlich With great appreciation we would like to thank                                                   CLOSEST TO THE PIN
                                                                                                                                                      The Crown has agreed to                                Information was provided on the
 Loma for conducting our group, and getting the rhythm right                                         Men   Tim Pile
                                                                                                                                                      adjourn the other cases until this                 MNODC’s investment in Superior Ther-
 with the music. — BY KAREN GELLMAN                                                                  Women Nancy Thompson
                                                                                                                                                      trial is completed. (More infor-                   mowood, a developing technology
                                                                                                                                                      mation and ongoing updates on                      for the thermal treatment of wood
                                MÉTIS IN TORONTO                                                    GOLF PRESIDENT’S CHALLENGE                        this case are available at:                        products which had resulted in
                                                                                                                                                                           tremendous success for a company
     We’re proud to be Métis from the city, We fiddle sing and jig like all the rest                 Men’s Low Gross:
                                                                                                                                                          Jean was not aware of any                      in Finland.
     We hold our flags up high on Riel Day, And usually purchase Native cigarettes                   1st    Tony Belcourt
                                                                                                                                                      Métis benefiting from the inter-                       Steve Berry, Director of Finance,
                                                                                                     2nd Lawrence Gladue
                                                                                                                                                      im Federal Harvesting Guide-                       presented the MNODC’s Balance
                                          Chorus                                                     3rd    Mike Kelly
                            We’re proud to be Métis in Toronto                                                                                        lines, which state that Métis                      Sheet, and Profit and Loss and
                            We feast and celebrate at City Hall
                                                                                                     Men’s Low Net:                                   would not be charged while har-                    Retained Earnings Statement as at
                         We hold our ceremonies on the rooftops                                      1st    Allan Vallee                              vesting in areas of federal juris-                 March 31, 2006. It was moved by
                   And T.H.C (Tim Horton’s Coffee) the biggest thrill of all                         2nd Kelly Mitchell                               diction (i.e. National Parks, mili-                Richard Sarrazin and seconded by
                                                                                                     3rd    Richard Sarrazin                          tary weapons ranges, coastal                       Elmer Ross that the Annual General
         We’re proud to be Métis in the city, We don’t need to hunt or fish at all                                                                    waters). She said if someone had                   Assembly of the Métis Nation of
         We never get a sacred fire burning, Cuz fire permits ain’t allowed at all                   Closest to the Pin:      Andy Lefebvre           benefited from the Guidelines to                   Ontario Development Corporation
                                                                                                     Longest Drive:           Rick Webb               contact her, Gary Lipinski or                      approve the Financial Statements as
      We hold our flags up high on Riel Day, Fiddle and jig at Nathan Phillips square                                                                 your local Captain of the Hunt (a                  presented. (Resolved by consensus.)
     Hold our ceremonies on the roof tops, And never have to wear long underwear                     Women Low Gross:         Jane Dunlop             list of the Captains of the Hunt is                    In response to a query regarding
                                                                                                     Women Low Net:           Donna Olar              available in the MNO pocket cal-                   peat moss development, MNODC
         I’m proud to be a Métis from Toronto, Buying bottle water for our kids                      Closest to the Pin:      Donna Olar              endar and on the MNO’s web-                        President Belcourt indicated that the
        Never swat a black fly or mosquito, Cuz living the city life is a crazy thing                Longest Drive:           Jane Dunlop                                                                MNODC was considering a proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                 MORE ON PAGE 15         for the MNODC to become involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                         its development. It was recognized

                                                                                                                                                                                                         that there were potential environ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         mental implications that would be
                                                                                                                                                                                                         given great consideration before a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         decision was made.
 FROM THE 13TH ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO HELD JULY 10TH-14TH, 2006                                                                                                              In regard to the MNODC’s Aquarius
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Men’s Wear related activities, it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                         clarified that the intent was to pro-
    Review and Accept Agenda                      - MNO Development Corporation AGA                 Métis Nation of Ontario registered voting dele-   ments for the year ending March 31, 2005 as
                                                                                                                                                                                                         vide Métis citizens with training in
It was MOVED (Eric Scofield)                      - Intergovernmental Relations                     gates as of noon on the first day of the AGA.     presented.
and SECONDED (Sharon McBride)                     - First Nations                                   (Quorum therefore being 77.)’.                    RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-06)                   the textile industry. As there were
That the Agenda for the 13th Annual General       - Federal                                         RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-03)                                                                     few resources for the MNODC to pur-
Assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario be        - Provincial                                                                                            Appointment of Auditor                         sue, it would be several months
approved as follows:                              - Resolutions                                         Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, Volunteer             It was MOVED (Joanne Young)                        before ‘On the Horizon’ projects
- Appoint a Resolutions Committee                 - Other Business                                  Awards                                            and SECONDED (Wayne Trudeau)                       were seriously contemplated.
- Review Minutes                                  - Closing Ceremonies                              It was MOVED (Wayne Trudeau)                      That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the           The Activity Report was
- Business Arising From Minutes                   RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-01)                  and SECONDED (Joanne Young)                       Métis Nation of Ontario appoint the account-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         reviewed by Andrè Lefebvre. It was
- Presentation: Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, Vol-                                                        That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the      ing firm of Collins Barrow as the MNO auditors
  unteer Awards                                       Appoint a Resolutions Committee               Métis Nation of Ontario endorse the PCMNO         for the fiscal year 2006/07.                       subsequently moved by Tim Pile and
- Heritage Community Recognition Certificate      It was MOVED (Judy Trott)                         recommendation to establish a Suzanne             RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-07)                   seconded by Jacques Leroux that
- Meeting Reports                                 and SECONDED (Eric Scofield)                      Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award.                                                          the report be accepted as present-
- Senators                                        That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the      RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-04)                      MNO Revised Harvesting Policy                  ed. (Resolved by consensus.)
- WMNO                                            Métis Nation of Ontario approve the member-                                                         It was MOVED (Ken Simard)                              Information on the MNODC vision,
- Youth                                           ship of the Resolutions Committee as follows:     It was MOVED (Tony Belcourt)                      and SECONDED (Eric Scofield)
                                                                                                                                                                                                         terms of reference, projects, etc.
- Finance and Administration                      Lawrence Gladue, Paul Heighington, Andrè          and SECONDED (Eric Scofield)                      That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the
- Treasurer’s Report                              Lefebvre, and Senator Roland St. Germain.         That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the      Métis Nation of Ontario approve the proposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                         may be found on the MNO’s web
- Audit 2004/05                                   RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-02)                  Métis Nation of Ontario endorse the PCMNO         amendments to the Métis Nation of Ontario          site (
- Financial Report                                                                                  recommendation that Suzanne Rochon-Burnett        Secretariat Harvesting Policy, dated April 2006.
- Appointment of Auditor                              Review Minutes                                be named posthumously as the first recipient      RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-08)                   MNODC EXECUTIVE PRESENT:
- Administration                                  It was MOVED (Eric Scofield)                      of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of                                                             Tony Belcourt, President
- Overview of Branch Administration               and SECONDED (Jacques Leroux)                     the Year Award.                                       MNO Cultural Commission                          France Picotte, Vice President
- Métis National Council President                That the Minutes of the 12th Annual General       RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-05)                  It was MOVED (Sharon McBride)
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Senator Gilbert Gervais
- Legal Update/Métis Rights Issues                Assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario held                                                        and SECONDED (Wayne Trudeau)
- Métis Litigation                                July 4-8, 2005 be adopted with the following          Audit 2004/05                                 That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the         Louise Goulding
- MNO Cases                                       amendments: a) throughout, correct refer-         It was MOVED (Joanne Young)                       Métis Nation of Ontario accept as presented          Pauline Saulnier
- Harvesting Agreements                           ences to the AGA as being held in 2005 rather     and SECONDED (Sharon McBride)                     the MNO Cultural Commission Financial State-         Senator Audrey Vallee
- MNO Revised Harvesting Policy                   than 2004; and b) page 1, replace ‘Total Atten-   That the 13th Annual General Assembly of the      ments for the year ending March 31, 2006.
- Great Lakes Water Quality Review                dance’ with ‘Quorum’ and replace the para-        Métis Nation of Ontario approve the Métis         RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-09)                   ATTENDANCE: Approximately 90
- MNO Cultural Commission                         graph under that heading with ‘A total of 154     Nation of Ontario Audited Financial State-                                    MORE ON PAGE 15        registered voting delegates.
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“All the things we have done together as a people.”
FROM PAGE 14...                                       THURDSAY, JULY 13TH                                                                                                                                       ous branches followed, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the MNO Development Cor-

site:                        t was hot all week, and                                                                                                                                       poration (see page 14)
    After Jean’s presentation,                    although it’s hard to complain                                                                                                                                held its Annual General
Sault Ste. Marie area carver,                     about good weather during                                                                                                                                     Meeting. President Bel-
Jamie Aikens, presented Jean                    short Canadian summers, on                                                                                                                                      court reported on activities
and MNO President Belcourt,                     Thursday someone really turned                                                                                                                                  of the Métis Nation of
each with a hand-carved walking                 up the thermostat. the Assembly                                                                                                                                 Ontario Cultural Commis-
stick in appreciation of their                  was undaunted and Ojibway                                                                                                                                       sion (MNOCC) and Steve
efforts on behalf of Métis in                   Park was buzzing with activity.                                                                                                                                 Berry, Director of Finance,
Ontario.                                        The MNO Health Branch held a                                                                                                                                    presented the MNOCC Finan-
    That brought the day’s meet-                charity Bingo under the big tent.                                                                                                                               cial Statements (related
ings to an end, but before they                 MNO Registrar, Karole Dumont-                                                                                                                                   materials distributed in the
could be officially closed                      Beckett, ran a Genealogy Work-                                                                                                                                  Métis Nation of Ontario’s
MNOCC Development Coordina-                     shop in the nearby Powley tent.                                                                                                                                 13th Annual General
tor Bonny Cann jumped to the                    PCMNO Councilor for Region 4,                                                                                                                                   Assembly package can be
microphone to make a special                    Brent McHale, organized a fish-                                                                                                                                 obtained by contacting the
presentation to President Bel-                  ing derby. The annual AGA horse-                                                                                                                                MNO head office in Ottawa).
court to recognize his National                 shoe tournament kicked up                                                                                                                                          the Assembly then
Aboriginal Achievement Award.                   some dust. Singer/songwriter                                                                                                                                    turned its attention to Res-
Bonny spearheaded an effort to                  Sandy Scofield facilitated a youth                                                                                                                              olutions (list of resolutions
raise funds to purchase a beauti-               music workshop. There was                                                                                                                                       and voting results on page
ful hand-made hide jacket.                      sash-weaving and a jigging work-                                                                                                                                14 & 15). Soon the debat-
    President Belcourt made it                  shop. What a day!                                                                                                                                               ing was over and the votes
clear that the honour he                            Thursday’s main event was                                                                                                                                   were counted and the
received as a National Aboriginal               the Voyageur Games. Although a                                                                                                                                  Assembly had done its duty
Achievement Award recipient                     merciless sun beat down on the                                                                                                                                  for another year.
was a shared one: “That was a                   men and women who participat-                                                                                                                                      Chair, Gary Lipinski,
recognition of our people. All of               ed, like our sturdy voyageur                                                                                                                                    made some closing
the things we have done togeth-                 ancestors, they prevailed under                                                                                                                                 remarks and paid tribute to
er as a people. All of the Métis                harsh conditions. (more about                                                                                                                                   the volunteers and staff
people made it possible for that                the Voyageur Games on page 7)                                                                                                                                   who made the 13th AGA a
recognition to be given to me. I                    After the activities Métis                                                                                                                                  tremendous success: Art
thank you all very much.”                       Youth put on a fundraising fish-                                                                                                                                Bennett, Carla Labbe, Sena-
    After dinner the entertain-                 fry with the help of Art Bennett.                                                                                                                               tor Jacques Leroux, Brent
ment geared up again. Singer                    The dinner was a bargain at $8                                                                                                                                  McHale, Anne and Neil
and songwriter Carey Calder was                 and the funds raised went to                                                                                                                                    Trudel, Senator Reta Gor-
joined on stage by Shane Bel-                   help 11 Métis youth travel to                                                                                                                                   don, Hank and Loma Rowl-
court and Chris MacLeod for an                  Ecuador (more on the Ecuador                                                                                                                                    inson, and members of the
acoustic set. They were followed                adventure in our next issue).                                                                                                                                   Sault Ste. Marie Métis
by a blast of blues from the                        That evening musician Sandy                                                                                                                                 Council. President Belcourt
MNO’s Provincial Aboriginal                     Scofield, daughter of Senator                                                                                                                                   thanked the fire keeper for
Problem Gambling Prevention                     Earl Scofield, warmed up the                                                                                                                                    tending the sacred fire and
Coordinator, Beverly Souliere.                  crowd with her unique hand-                                                                                                                                     Elder Joe Paquette for spiri-
    Madonna, Elvis, Bono—some                   drum-infused roots music. Then,                       President Tony Belcourt sports his new beaded leather coat                                                tual guidance. He also
entertainers are so iconic they                 for the first-time at an AGA, a                       presented to him by the citizens of the MNO.                                                              thanked the delegates and
are known by just one name. At                  comedy act took the stage.                                                                                                                                      their families for attending
the AGA that honour goes to                     James Kirkham put the packed                                                                                                                                    and for taking the opportu-
recording artist/singer/TV                      house in stitches then turned it                   Region 2; Dan Lesperance in                        Review in a future issue or                         nity to work together for the
host/AGA emcee “Loma”. Loma                     over to the karaoke crooners,                      Region 5; Alison Croft in Region                   online:                      common good of the entire
does a great job of emceeing the                who warbled late into the night.                   6; Scott Russell in Region 3 and                   lakes/). In 1972 Canada and the                     Métis Nation.
Building Bridges Music Festival                                                                    Ginny Gonneau was elected as                       United States signed the Great                         After a closing prayer, the
and along with husband Hank                              FRIDAY, JULY 14TH                         the PCMNO Youth Representative                     Lakes Water Quality Agreement                       13th Annual General Assembly
Rowlinson works doggedly                                                                           (Chantel Kondracki is the repre-                   to deal with issues such as pollu-                  was over. Hugs and handshakes
                                                                                                                                                                                                          were exchanged, friends and

behind the scenes to bring great                   riday began with the MNO’s                      sentative for Region 8).                           tion. The agreement is periodi-
entertainment to the AGA.                          Chief Electoral Officer,                           Then Alison Kennedy, repre-                     cally reviewed and the govern-                      families said “see you soon” and
    After Loma’s performance the                   Lawrence Gladue, announcing                     senting Environment Canada,                        ment is seeking the advice of                       wished each other safe travel,
volume went up to 11 for Sud-                   the results of the MNO Youth                       addressed the Assembly regard-                     Aboriginal groups within the                        and Métis across Ontario started
bury’s Larry Berrio, whose hard-                Council (MNOYC) elections held                     ing the Great Lakes Water Quali-                   Great Lakes Basin during the                        looking forward to the 14th
driving country set nearly blew                 on Wednesday, July 12th. Sean                      ty Review (look for more about                     current review process.                             Métis Nation of Ontario Annual
the roof off the big tent.                      Berry was elected to represent                     the Great Lakes Water Quality                         Reports from the MNO’s vari-                     General Assembly.                ∞


FROM PAGE 14                                    have to be changed for adoption at the MNO’s            MNO Office Hours                              during the meetings, or for breaks as needed        awareness of issues and challenges faced by
                                                14th Annual General Assembly; THEREFORE            It was MOVED (Richard Sarrizan)                    during meeting proceedings.                         two-spirited people within our community, and
    Women’s Secretariat of the Métis            BE IT RESOLVED that the Provisional Council of     and SECONDED (Natalie Durocher)                    RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-14)                    also celebrating and promoting the valuable
Nation of Ontario Terms of Reference            the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) be             WHEREAS the Métis Nation of Ontario is dedi-                                                           contributions that two-spirited people make to
It was MOVED (Sharon McBride)                   requested to amend the current governance          cated to providing the best programs and serv-         Donation of Food to the Fire Keeper             the strengthening of our nation. ‘Two-spirited’
and SECONDED (Pauline Saulnier)                 documents of the MNO to reflect the new            ices to its citizens; and WHEREAS there are        It was MOVED (Carmen Gravel)                        is generally used to reflect gay, lesbian, bisex-
WHEREAS the committee appointed by resolu-      structure of the WSMNO, and further to             variations in MNO employee work hours; and         and SECONDED (Urgil Courville)                      ual, queer and transgender individuals.
tion at the 2005 Annual General Assembly to     ensure that the newly constructed WSMNO            WHEREAS efficiencies can be achieved               BE IT RESOLVED that every Métis Nation of           RESOLVED (AGA06-17) (54 delegates voting in
restructure the Women of the Métis Nation of    can function until the adoption of the new gov-    through implementation of standardized operat-     Ontario Community Council that is hosting a         the positive, 19 voting in the negative, and 20
Ontario (WMNO) has adopted Terms of Refer-      ernance documents.                                 ing procedures; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED           fundraising breakfast, lunch or dinner at the       abstentions.)
ence creating a new structure called ‘Women’s   RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-11)                   that the MNO set consistent office hours for all   Annual General Assembly donate at least one
Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario                                                         of its offices throughout the province.            serving to the fire keeper in appreciation of his         Request for MNO Support of Energy
(WSMNO)’; and WHEREAS the WMNO at the               Identification Symbol for PCMNO                RESOLVED (AGA06-13) (78 delegates voting in        or her commitment to this task.                     Report
2006 Annual General Assembly have endorsed      Councilors During Annual General                   the positive, 11 voting in the negative, and 13    RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-15)                    It was MOVED (Carey Calder)
these Terms of Reference; THEREFORE BE IT       Assemblies                                         abstentions.)                                                                                          and SECONDED (Jennifer St.Germain)
RESOVLED that the 13th Annual General           It was MOVED (Eric Scofield)                                                                              AGA Recycling Facilities                        BE IT RESOLVED that the Métis Nation of
Assembly of the Métis Nation of Ontario adopt   and SECONDED (Sharon McBride)                          Senators and Elders Area at Annual             It was MOVED (Carey Calder)                         Ontario review and consider supporting the
the WSMNO Terms of Reference.                   WHEREAS most Provisional Council of the            General Assemblies                                 and SECONDED (Jennifer St. Germain)                 report released by World Wildlife Fund-Cana-
RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-10)                Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Councilors are     It was MOVED (Carey Calder)                        BE IT RESOLVED that appropriate recycling           da, Greenpeace Canada, Pembina Institute for
                                                in attendance at Métis Nation of Ontario           and SECONDED (Jennifer St. Germain)                facilities for cans and bottles be set up for the   Appropriate Development, Sierra Club of Cana-
    Request for Amendment to MNO                (MNO) Annual General Assemblies (AGA); and         WHEREAS the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)          duration of every future Métis Nation of            da, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, and the David
Governance Documents                            WHEREAS the PCMNO Councilors are easily            Annual General Assemblies (AGA) can be             Ontario Annual General Assembly.                    Suzuki Foundation, which outlines how Ontario
It was MOVED (Sharon McBride)                   accessible to our citizens at the AGAs; THERE-     long; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the            RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-16)                    can meet the province’s energy needs through
and SECONDED (Audrey Vallee)                    FORE BE IT RESOLVED that the MNO administra-       Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) create an area                                                           a mix of clean energy and efficiency projects
WHEREAS the Women’s Secretariat of the          tion be respectfully requested to work with the    designed for Senators and elders at future             Formation of a MNO Two-Spirited                 and demonstrate that energy efficiency and
Métis Nation of Ontario (WSMNO) Terms of        PCMNO Councilors to develop a common visual        Annual General Assemblies (AGA). The area          Committee                                           low-impact renewable energy sources are
Reference have been presented and ratified by   symbol (such as a shirt, pin, badge or hat) to     would be fully accessible to the main tent and     It was MOVED (Carey Calder)                         capable of providing twice the projected elec-
the 13th Annual General Assembly of the         distinguish Councilors so that citizens can bet-   business proceedings and would provide com-        and SECONDED (Jennifer St. Germain)                 tricity needs of Canada’s most populous
Métis Nation of Ontario; and WHEREAS by         ter identify Councilors at future assemblies.      fortable seating, refreshments and healthy         BE IT RESOLVED that a Two-spirited Commit-          province by 2020.
adopting the WSMNO Terms of Reference it is     RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-12)                   snacks. Senators and elders could choose to        tee be formed within the Métis Nation of            RESOLVED BY CONSENSUS (AGA06-18)
recognized that the by-laws of the MNO will                                                        use the area during the breaks, as their seat      Ontario with the purpose of both raising                                                       •••

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