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MNO Veteran Exhibits Pictures in Georgian Bay Office.

submitted by: Greg Garratt MNOVC Secretary/Treasurer

On October 4 the MNO Veterans Council represented by Doug Woods (MNOVC Sgt-At-Arms) went to the Georgian Bay Métis council office in Midland with the intent to hang some of the many pictures and gifts such as the 2017 canoe expedition gifted to them when the Métis Youth made a planned stop this summer on their 2000km journey.

The dot art of the seven grandfathers teachings gifted by Veterans Senator Guy Mandeville C.D., the veterans paddle gifted to the MNOVC at a previous AGA in Sault St. Marie. As well as various certificates of appreciation.


Pictured here is Doug hanging one of the pictures. Thanks to the GBMC for allowing the show case of these and many more pieces of art from our citizens.

CFB Trenton Defence Indigenous Advisory Group Host a Métis Dot Painting Workshop

On September 21st, 2017 the CFB Trenton Defence Indigenous Advisory Group hosted a Métis Dot Painting Workshop at the Three Sisters Garden Caribou Lodge.   Guy Mandeville, CD MNOVC Senator directed the workshop.   Twenty people from the base (both military and non-military) attended.    The session was conducted as a lunch and learn activity, many of the first time artists in this medium did outstanding work.   Guy Mandeville will conducting a future session at the Military Family Resource Centre at CFB Trenton in October has to be confirmed. Also see photos tab.

MNO Veteran receives the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award 2017

At every AGA, the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to one outstanding volunteer. This year it went to Greg Garratt who is well-known across the MNO for his work as Secretary-Treasurer for the MNO Veterans Council and Captain of the Hunt for Region 7. Greg was stunned by the award and while humbly accepting it took the time to recognize the work done by all of the MNO’s many volunteers.

Well done Greg.....from all of of us at the MNOVC.

MNO Windsor-Essex Métis Council and local museum educate public about Métis

Members of the MNO WEMC who worked with 
the Chumzuk Museum (left-right) MNO Veterans'
Council Women's Representative Shelly Claus,
Senator Jim Turner, Women's Representative
Veteran Sharlene Lance, President Donna Grayer and 
Morgan Baillergeon.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Windsor-Essex Métis Council (WEMC) worked with the Chumzuk Museum in Windsor to develop a small Métis display as part of two displays being exhibited at the Museum. The display is called There’s Indian in the Family and Métis/Half Breed People, and the text and maps used were taken from the MNO Education and Training Métis Education Kit and included Métis contributions during the War of 1812; which was an important event in the Windsor area.

The MNO WEMC was part of a planning committee that the Museum formed to encourage groups within the Windsor area to share their stories through artifacts and personal collections. MNO WEMC Senator Jim Turner provided a prayer that was also incorporated into the display. By March 1, 2017, the Métis display was ready and the MNO WEMC was very pleased with the final result.

The main purpose for the display was to promote the MNO WEMC and encourage local MNO citizens to be proud of their Métis history.

The second display is still under construction. It will be larger and will focus on the Métis historical timeline. It will also feature some updates about the most recent Métis rights cases and Margaret Froh, the first woman to become MNO President.

The second display will also look at the contributions of Métis to Canada and Ontario within the context of Canada 150. This will include the achievements of Ontario Métis, the Red River and Northwest Resistances and Manitoba’s entry into Confederation.

The MNO WEMC respects that there is varied views on Canada 150, so the second display will show Métis progress within Ontario and also respect the contributions of Métis veterans.

Posted: April 3, 2017

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MNO veterans carry Memorial Cup in Windsor parade

Submitted by: MNO Windsor Essex-Kent Métis Council President Donna Grayer

(Left-right) Métis Veterans Shelly Claus and Sharlene Lance carrying the Memorial Cup


Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Shelly Claus and Sharlene Lance carried the Memorial Cup in a parade in Windsor on May 18, 2017. The special ceremony that was open to the public was held at the Essex County War Memorial in City Hall Square. The Memorial Cup was displayed at the Windsor City Hall for public viewing after it was handed over to the Mayor of Windsor Drew Dilkens by Claus and Lance. Claus is the Women’s Representative for the MNO Veteran’s Council and Lance is a Veteran and Women’s Representative for the MNO Windsor Essex-Kent Métis Council (WEKMC).


The trophy arrived in Windsor along the Detroit River aboard the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Vessel Constable Carrière before docking at Dieppe Gardens. From there the Cup was carried by a military parade to the Cenotaph on University Avenue. The procession included Windsor Police Services, Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party Zone A-1, Sterling Heights Police Colour Party, Royal Canadian Navy, Windsor Regiment, Essex and Kent Regiment, #31 Service Battalion, RCMP, CBSA, Veterans, Cadet Units, Windsor Fire Department and Military G-Wagons, M-37’s and 43 Willys Jeeps.


The Memorial Cup, one of the most prestigious and coveted trophies in North American sport, has a rich tradition that has shaped the way junior hockey is played in North America. The trophy originated in 1919, in remembrance of the many soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice for Canada in The First World War.  In 2010 the Memorial Cup was rededicated to the memory of all fallen Canadian military personnel.


The Memorial Cup is a junior ice hockey club championship trophy awarded annually to the Canadian Hockey League champion. It is awarded following a four-team, round-robin tournament between a host team and the champions of the CHL's three member leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. Sixty teams are eligible to compete for the Memorial Cup, representing nine provinces and four American states.

MNO veterans and youth visit the Canadian War Museum

Vimy Ridge monument at the War Museum.

As part of the Vimy Memorial Project that took place from April 7-9, 2017, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council brought Métis veterans from Ontario and British Columbia together with Métis youth for Vimy commemoration events that took place over that weekend in Ottawa.

On the April 8, the Saturday of the weekend, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Margaret Froh and MNO Veterans’ Council, Métis Youth and Veterans from Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) boarded a bus to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Upon arrival, the delegation split into two with a mix of Ontario and British Columbia veterans and youth in both groups. The War Museum guides were knowledgeable and led the group on a journey through the Museum.

After the guided portion of the tour, everyone was free to investigate and look around more to see what the Museum had to offer. In the Great Hall, there were tanks, jeeps, personnel carriers, a jet fighter suspended from the ceiling and a variable depth sonar and naval gun. There were also replicas of the statue figurines from Vimy Ridge monument in France set out in a symbolic way with the sun shining through a long narrow but high glass window.

The separate exclusive Vimy Ridge exhibit was breath taking and moving to say the least. The back wall is lit up with 3,598 lights to represent all who fell at Vimy. As the group walked through the exhibit, there were displays of life-sized soldiers and also videos with about the Vimy Ridge Monument. The life-sized soldiers gave the group an incredible feeling as if they were standing with them and there was a loud silence in this exhibit that was very solemn that allowed reflection on what these young men must have been thinking prior to jumping out of their trenches to do battle.

Posted: June 7, 2017

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MNO citizen and Veteran sworn in as Belleville Police Chief

Submitted by Joseph Paquette, President of the MNO Veterans’ Council and based on an article by Emily Mountney-Lessard of the Bellville Intelligencer. Original article can be viewed at:

MNO citizen and veteran Ron Gignac C.D., (right) being sworn in by Justice Stephen Hunter (left) as the Chief of Police for Belleville.

Ron Gignac, a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen and Veteran, was sworn in as Chief of Police during a news conference at Belleville’s City Hall on January 12.

In a packed courtroom, Justice Stephen Hunter administered the oath of office and oath of secrecy before Mayor Taso Christopher who is also chairman of the Belleville Police Services Board and who presented Chief Gignac with his badge.

“To my fellow citizens of Belleville, we stand on guard for you,” said Gignac, “I am a servant leader but I am not perfect ... But I tell you this, I believe in you, I believe in the abilities you have, your ingenuity, your courage and the goodwill I have witnessed here in Belleville in the last year and a half.”

Gignac has been with the Belleville Police Service since July, 2015. He was initially hired to fill the then-vacant role of Deputy Chief.

In November 2015, it was announced that former police chief Cory MacKay would retire and that Gignac was set to take on the chief position. In his address to fellow members of the service, Chief Gignac said “you are the finest team in the province, bar none.

“Policing and keeping our community safe is a 365-day a year effort. Thank-you for standing on the blue line and for standing on the wall here for Belleville, and for your willingness to lay down your life, if need be, for a stranger,” Chief Gignac said.

He recognized the presence of members of the Canadian Forces in the room, including 8 Wing/CFB Trenton base Commander Col. Colin Keiver and Chief Warrant Officer Darcy Elder. Chief Gignac also noted the Belleville police would recognize the work and sacrifices of military members by adding a yellow ribbon to police vehicles during the upcoming re-branding process.

“I want to tell you all that I’m all in,” Chief Gignac said. “I’m either all in or not in at all... the day that I’m not all in, I will cease to be your Chief of Police.”

Also see photos tab for additional photos.

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
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Ottawa, Ontario

May 29, 2017

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers:

“Today, we honour the brave United Nations (UN) peacekeepers who work selflessly to provide safety and security for people around the world. We also pay tribute to the over 3,500 UN peacekeepers – including 122 Canadians – who have died in the service of peace.

“The women and men who serve as UN peacekeepers protect people from the worst effects of war – and set the stage for peace. They protect civilians, monitor ceasefires, help combatants disarm, and support peace processes as groups move forward after conflict. Peacekeepers work at the centre of many tense and dangerous situations, often endangering their own lives to help those most in need.

“Our country has a long and proud history of peacekeeping. Lester B. Pearson, Canada’s fourteenth Prime Minister and then Secretary of State for External Affairs, proposed the first large-scale UN peacekeeping mission during the 1956 Suez Crisis. For his commitment to a peaceful resolution to the crisis, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957.

“Sixty years later, Canada will host the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial as we continue to work with our international partners to strengthen peacekeeping efforts.

“Peacekeeping embodies Canada’s commitment to the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women and girls. We must ensure women’s voices and experiences are represented in peace processes. There cannot be lasting peace without women.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank UN peacekeepers past and present who have dedicated themselves to advance peace and human rights around the world. Their bravery represents humanity at its most selfless. We will continue to work closely with the UN to support peacekeeping operations.”

MNO Veteran at Vimy Ridge in France

MNO Veteran Randy Chartrand CD, and
Walter John "Walt" Natynczyk, CMM MSC CD

Vimy Ridge, France

April 2017


By: MNO Veteran Randy Chartrand C.D.




Hello all, I just wanted to share my experience from my trip to Vimy Ridge in France. I met many extraordinary people and had one amazing thing happen after another. First started out by chance finding a last minute airbnb that just came up one week prior to my arrival. It turned out to be right in the middle of the battlefield of the 1st Canadian Division in a town called Thelus. The owner of the farm was the daughter of a man who served with the French army in WW1 and her house was occupied by the Germans till the Canadians evicted the Commandant after they took the ridge on 9 April 1917. She told me about some bunkers behind the house on the other side of the field so I went and checked them out. They were still intact gun placements and were amazing. This is where I found an unexploded artillery shell. 300 meters in front of the house is a memorial to the 1st Canadian Division and further down the road about 650 meters is Bois Carre Cemetery where we have 500 buried. Mostly Canadians from WW1.
I visited a few cemeteries on my short visit like Beehive and Villers Station and planted some Canadian Flags at some of the grave sites. On April 8th I attended the Sunrise Ceremony at the Vimy monument with Aboriginal Canadians and around 100 in attendance including our Governor General. It was an incredibly moving ceremony that I had the honour of being the fire keeper. That evening I attended the Sunset Ceremony with our Canadian Military. The next morning on April 9th I had the privilege of re-tracing the route of the 16th battalion Seaforth Highlanders in the 2 Cdn Div at 05:30 when they went over the top. I was with a group of amateur historians including 2 men who's grandfathers were on that attack line 100 years ago. We did this in the exact location, on the exact route, at the exact time the 16 battalion did 100 years prior to the minute and we even paused at each line to wait for the artillery barrage. We brought the Red Rum and toasted their grandfathers and the other men that gave their lives that day with sterling shot glasses that were owned by one of the guys grandfathers that lost his life there. It was an incredible experience. That afternoon was the big ceremony at Vimy to mark the 100th anniversary. It was very impressive but nothing compared to the personal experience I had. My airbnb host Micheline gave me a parting gift of an brass casing to that artillery shell I found. It had been designed with a poppy by the troops in the trenches during WW1. Thank you to Veterans Affairs for thinking of our Aboriginal veterans and all the first nations soldiers that served and made the ultimate sacrifice. The whole trip was incredible and something I will never forget as long as I live as I will never forget those brave men that gave their lives.

Also see photos tab for Vimy Ridge photos

MNO Veterans and youth honour Vimy

MNO and MNBC contingents at the National War Memorial following
the National ceremony to remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

(Front:left-right) Brittney Bertrand, Veteran Eldon Clairmont, Lissa Smith 
MNBC Vice President and MNBC Veteran Minister, Jessica Curry, 
Veteran Todd Ross, Veteran Robert Desjardins, PCMNO Post-
Secondary Representative Katelyn LaCroix, Veteran Shelly Claus
MNO Veterans' Council Women's Representative, Eleni Pappas,
Veteran Sharlene Lance, Veteran Dave Armitt C.D, Veteran Barb 
Hulme C.D., PCMNO Youth Representative Mitch Case.(Middle:left-
right) Veteran Tanya Davoren, Veteran Eleanor Creighton, MNO
Veterans' Council Chair Guy Mandeville C.D., Senator Ralph Thistle,
Matthew Bombardier (Back:left-right) Jane Brennan C.D., Dalton
Latondress, Michael Stranks, MNO President Margaret Froh, Veteran
Doug Woods, MNO Veterans' Council Senator Dr. Alis Kennedy
O.Ont., C.D., O.M.C., MNO Veterans' Council Sgt-At-Arms Brian


April 9, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. One of the most consequential battles of the First Word War and one in which Canadian troops played a pivotal role. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was commemorated in Vimy, France, in Ottawa and all over Canada. For over two years, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council worked hard on their Vimy Commemoration Project. They planned and fund raised to bring Métis veterans together with Métis youth for Vimy commemoration events in Ottawa the weekend of April 9.

Starting the evening of Friday, April 7, ten MNO veterans were joined in the national capital by seven Métis youth from Ontario as well as six Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) veterans and one Métis youth from British Columbia. The following Saturday, the group toured the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of History during the day and attended a special banquet in the evening.

At the banquet, the veterans and youth heard from MNO President Margaret Froh who presented a number of Louis Riel medals to MNO veterans while MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette presented Louis Riel certificates to the same individuals.  During the evening, the MNO Veterans’ Council also presented certificates of appreciation to the MNO and MNO President Froh for their support of the Vimy Commemoration Project. The MNO Veterans’ Council also presented President Froh with the original artwork used to create a Métis memorial erected in Penetanguishene (Click here for story). MNO Ottawa Region Métis Council President Benny Michaud and Senator Parmilia Bergie were also presented with certificates of appreciation for their Council’s support of the Vimy Commemoration Project.

Another highlight of the evening was a presentation from police veteran and MNO Great Lakes Métis Council Senator Ralph Wolf Thistle, who on spoke about his experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (Click here to learn more about Senator Thistle’s experience with PTSD).

On Sunday morning the veterans and youth attended the national ceremony to remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge at the National War Memorial. Two MNO citizens had direct roles in the ceremony. During the ceremony “The Act of Remembrance,” is traditionally read by veterans in in English, French and Michif. MNO Veterans’ Council Chair Guy Mandeville read the Act in Michif. The “Commitment to Remember” that follows was also read in English, French and Michif and PCMNO Post-Secondary Representative Katelyn LaCroix read the Commitment in Michif. 

The MNO Veterans’ Council plans on providing an extensive article about all the events that were part of their Vimy Commemoration Project, which will be posted on the MNO and MNO Veterans’ Council websites and published in an upcoming edition of the Métis Voyageur newspaper.

Posted: April 12, 2017

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   The Warriors' Day Parade

Attention all MNO Veterans.............
For those who may not have the opportunity to attend and participate in the MNO AGA this August in Kenora, please consider the following opportunity and support MNO Veterans by participating and wearing your Metis sash in the Warriors Day Parade in Toronto.


CFOne Card


Membership • Rewards • Savings

What is the CFOne card?

The CFOne card is the one card you need to access programs and services delivered by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services. The CFOne card consolidates the functions of several cards into a single card.  It easily and accurately confirms your membership within the Canadian military community of one million strong and provides you with access to both the CANEX Rewards Program (the program that rewards you for shopping at CANEX) and the CF Appreciation Program (the official discount program of the Canadian Armed Forces community).  In the future, it will also be the one card to access PSP programs and services, messes, specialty interest activities and more.

Where do I find discounts offered by the CF Appreciation program?

Visit Click on the discounts menu option and choose the category of interest.  You can search locally and nationally for the goods and services provider of your choice.

Is the CFOne card a valid ID?

 Your CFOne card is not a valid identification card, rather it is a means for service providers to recognize you as a member of the military community.  You may be required to present valid photo identification, but the CFOne card already demonstrates your affiliation with the CAF.

I don’t have any record of my service, what can I do?

For information on obtaining service records please visit

To contact CFOne: 

​​By phone:      ​1-855-245-0330 (toll free) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET

​By email:        ​[email protected]

​By mail:          ​CFOne Membership Office,Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services

4210 Labelle Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0K2


Veterans Council Posting of Vacancy

Please note that the position was officially filled In April  2017.

January 31, 2017



MNO Citizens of the Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council,



RE: Posting of Vacancies for the Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council


Pursuant to Article 32 and 33 of the Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council Community Code, which states;


  1. In the event of a vacancy, Council shall within three (3) months appoint a replacement councilor who shall hold office until the next Veterans’ council election and who:

    1. is an MNO citizen; and Verified Veteran;
    2. is resident in the geographic territory represented by the Veterans’ Council; and
    3. is eligible to be nominated as a candidate pursuant to the Electoral Code of the MNO, Part A, as amended from time to time.


  1. In appointing a new councilor pursuant to paragraph 31, the Council will ensure that:
    1. notice is given to the community that there is a vacancy on Council and that the Council will consider applicants;
    2. best efforts are made to establish a transparent and open process for the appointment of the new councilor;
    3. the appointment is made by a majority vote of the Veterans council.


Therefore council is serving notice of vacancies that currently need to be filled on council.


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Interested candidates need to send either a Resume or Letter of Intent with recent address and MNO Citizenship number to the attention of the Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council. All candidates will be vetted through the Registry for verification and those verified will be sent to council for their consideration.


Please submit your interest to the council no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday

February 28, 2017. Council will inform the successful candidates after their next council meeting preceding the deadline for nominations.


Any questions or concerns please contact the MNOVC President, Joseph Paquette at:


Email: [email protected]