Submitted by: Greg Garrat, MNO Veterans Council Sergeant-at-Arms
(Left to right)
Lipinski, Emily Arnold and MNO Veterans Council Sergeant-at-Arms Greg Garratt.
The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Council presents Louis Riel certificates to MNO citizens who provide the Council with documentation verifying their military service. Recently the MNO Veterans Council received the documentation from MNO citizen and Veteran Peter Grisdale.
Although Veteran Grisdale was not able to attend a presentation of the certificate personally, at the MNO Moon River Métis Council Annual General Meeting in MacTier on April 23, his sister Emily Arnold, was able to accept the certificate on his behalf.
The certificate was presented by MNO President Gary Lipinski, MNO Moon River Métis Council President Lisa McCron and MNO Veterans Council Sergeant-at-Arms Greg Garratt.
MNO Veteran Shelly Claus CD, carried the Eagle Staff during the 2012 Remembrence Day parade in Windsor. Quite the Honour. Shown above are her two sisters. From left ti right: Donna O'Neil, Veteran Shelly Claus and Veteran Sharlene Lance.
The Great Lakes Metis Council President Peter Coture presented the Louis Riel Certificate to Veteran Peter Gendrn at their latest AGA IN Owen Sound.
go to link for complete article http://www.metisnation.org/news--media/news/mno-veteran-recognized-in-owen-sound
We mourn the loss of our Veteran, Senator George Kelly.
While vacationing in
George joined the Royal Canadian Navy at the age of 17 and served from 1952 until honourably discharged in 1957. During his five year career, he served on the High Seas with NATO COMMAND. During the Korean Conflict, he served on board, the H.M.C.S. SIOUX, the H.M.C.S. ATHABASKAN and the H.M.C.S. ALGONQUIN.
George was well known for wearing his “original issue” Naval “flat top hat”. He was so proud of his “white pancake”.
George joined the MNOVC executive as the Senator for the MNO Veterans in June 2012. He was always in the background, advocating for the Veterans. Since joining the MNOVC executives, George offered support to the Veterans Council and established an “open door policy” between the MNO Youths and the Veterans.
At last year’s AGA, 2012, George was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. It was presented by MNO President Gary Lipinski.
Also at last years AGA, George received the Louis Riel certificate from MNO President Gary Lipinski.
December 11th, 2011, George was honoured by receiving a plaque by the Metis National Council (MNC) in
Back in June 2011, George was one of the Veterans from
George gave much of his time to volunteering with a myriad of organizations. Employed: City of
Ottawa Police Department (Special Constable|) 1960 - 1971.
Volunteer: President/ Executive Member, Coach, Ottawa Youth Minor Sports - 1962 and still involved.
Volunteered: Santa Claus, at Community events for 20 years.
Director, of the Central Canada Exhibition Board
Children's Wish Foundation - for Children with Special needs, to achieve their Wishes.....
Played Benefit Hockey with Ottawa Police1970 – 1980, for children with special needs.
Received in 1988, from
Humanitarian Award For Dedicated Unselfish Service.
(This is the Highest Award presented to a community volunteer, by a service club).
Attended in 1994 - MNO Founding AGA Meeting in
George was always about community and his heart was with the Métis Veterans.
We will surely miss you George…mon vieu Viau!
Lest We Forget
Attention All Métis Citizens
The Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council (MNOVC) is very pleased to announce a very exciting project involving many of our MNO citizens from across
We are looking at putting together a commemorative Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans’ book, commemorating Veterans, past and present. Past veterans must be genealogically connected to your Métis heritage as per the Métis Nation of
The potential release is aimed for the beginning of 2014. This is a very important year which includes the end of commemoration of the 1812 era,
We are looking forward to your participation and submissions.
Present day veterans:
We are also looking at including as many of our Métis Youths as part of the interviewing process which will document the veteran’s stories and photos.
With each veteran photos and stories, the name and photo of the involved youth will be included in the book.
This is your opportunity to include your Métis military family name and photos and have it published for Métis prosperity. Published copies will be sent to and registered with Archives Canada.
The MNOVC recognizes that a great deal of help will be needed from our Métis family and communities to help compile, co-ordinate interviews and possibly aid in fund raising to see this great project reach its full potential. If you are interested in volunteering and lending a hand, please contact Greg Garratt (see email below) or any member of the Council. All volunteers and contributors will be acknowledged in the final printing.
We understand that not all veterans have electronic mail and strongly encourage Council Presidents and Senators to pass on this information to all veterans and their families so they may be included.
All submission materials should be sent to Mr. Greg Garratt, Sgt-at-Arms, MNOVC
For any additional information, feel free to contact any of the members of the Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council at firstname.lastname@example.org
For our Veterans, our Families, our Communities and our Métis Nation
(Left to right) Senator Robert W. “Bob” Runciman; Métis Veteran
Donn Fowler; Gord Brown, MP, Leeds-Grenville; and
Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville.
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veteran, Donn Fowler, recently received the Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony held in
see MNO website for photo and article
Windsor/Essex-Kent Métis Council
From left to right: PCMNO Region 9 Councilor Peter Rivers, Essex Kent Métis Vice President Jonathan Rochon, Essex Kent Métis Councilor Wilfred Rochon, Essex Kent Métis Senator Bob Leboeuf, Essex Kent Métis President Andrew Good, Essex Kent Councilor Sue Morencey and Essex Kent Métis Women's Rep Donna Grayer
On January 9th, 2013, the Windsor-Essex-Kent Métis Council held ceremonies at their local Métis office. The presentation of the Louis Riel medal and Certificate was awarded to Veteran/Councilor Wilfred Rochon who served during WWII. Mr. Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor, issued a beautiful letter to the recipient of the Louis Riel medal and was read by City Councilor Ron Jones.
From left to right:Vice President of the Windsor-Essex-Kent Metis Council, City Councilor Ron Jones and Veteran/Councilor Wilfred Rochon.
On behalf of the MNOVC, we thank the Mayor of Windsor, the City Councilor, the Windsor-Essex-Kent Métis Council and their community for supporting our Veterans.
Lest We Forget
Local Métis Veterans receive Louis Riel medal and certificate.
From left to right: President Andy Dufrane, Veteran Joseph Gagnon WWII, Veteran David Gagnon and Senator Terry Bloom.
The Peterborough Wapiti Métis Council recently held an award ceremony on December 18, 2012, at the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch for MNO Veterans Joseph Gagnon, WWII and his son, Veteran David Gagnon.
Veteran David Gagnon received the Louis Riel medal and certificate and his father, Joseph Gagnon, a WWII Veteran received the Louis Riel certificate.
Council President, Andy Dufrane and Senator Terry Bloom conducted the ceremonies.
The MNOVC congratulates both Veteran Joseph Gagnon WWII and Veteran David Gagnon for their military service to this great country,
Also visit the Photos tab on the left.
to right) Steve Callaghan, Gail Charbonneau and Senator Kempton
Gravelle. Every year on November 11, Métis from across the homeland participate in Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Being part of these ceremonies is very important to Métis because we have contributed to the defense of
One such service took place at the Sudbury Arena this November 11 with several Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizens actively participating. The Rev. Steve Callaghan, Métis Veteran and Councilor on the MNO Sudbury Métis Council provided the prayer during the ceremony and a wreath was laid on the Cenotaph on behalf of the MNO by Senator Kempton Gravelle and Gail Charbonneau, Métis Facilitator at Cambrian College in Sudbury.
By Senator Alis Kennedy, CD, OMC
Horlock and Senator Alis Kennedy following Remembrance Day
Ceremonies at Queen’s Park on November 11.This year Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans Harvey Horlock and Senator Alis Kennedy were invited by the Office of the Premier to attend provincial Remembrance Day Ceremonies at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
This was Premier McGuinty’s last Remembrance Day as Premier. It was under his leadership that the Veterans’ Memorial Mural was created.
Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, who served in
The participation of MNO veterans like Mr. Horlock and Senator Kennedy in Remembrance Day ceremonies like the one in
National Remembrance Day Ceremony. Every year on November 11, Métis from across the homeland participate in Remembrance Day Ceremonies. Being part of these ceremonies is very important to Métis because we have contributed to the defense of
Since 2004, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has laid a wreath at the National Cenotaph in
Shaun enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1971 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant prior to joining the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1980. Although retired, he still serves as a Captain in the Reserves and trains cadets. “My father’s brother was killed action in
Each year following protocol, Shaun, as a veteran, presents the MNO wreath to Senator Reta who then lays the wreath on the cenotaph. Senator Reta’s father and her nine uncles all participated in World War II. Then later in the 1950s, her four brothers also served in the military and one of her brothers, Senator George Kelly, even participated in the national Remembrance Day ceremonies this year. “It is good to let everyone know the Métis are here and that we support Remembrance Day,” explained Senator Reta.
This year Senator Reta and Shaun also participated in a ceremony at the
Senator Earl Scofield shortly after being awarded Queen's Jubilee
Medal at the MNO AGA in August 2012
It is with great sadness that I learned today that one of our beloved Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veterans, Senator Earl Scofield, passed away last night in Windsor.
I have had the privilege of knowing Senator Scofield for many years. He was an incredible person and a dedicated Métis citizen who had served the MNO in many capacities. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Métis Nation of Ontario
Click here to read: Remembering a Much Beloved Métis Veteran, the life story of Senator Earl Scofield
MNO President Lipinski and MNOVC President Paquette accept War of 1812
banner and medal from Prime Minister Harper and Governor-General Johnston
On October 25, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski and MNO Veterans’ Council (MNOVC) President Joseph Paquette participated in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa that recognized the contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the effort to defend Canada during the War of 1812.
During the ceremony, His Excellency, Governor-General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented Presidents Lipinski and Paquette with a War of 1812 commemorative banner and commemorative medal to acknowledge Métis contributions during the War. These banners and medals were also presented to First Nations groups at the ceremony and in other ceremonies to Canadian military units that participated in the War.
President Lipinski spoke at the ceremony and described the many contributions of our Métis ancestors during the War. “It is significant,” explained President Lipinski, “that Métis contributions during the War of 1812 are being recognized along with those of First Nations and other Canadians. Unfortunately, in the past, this has not always been the case. I am proud to be here today to represent my Métis ancestors who fought for Canada before there was a Canada.”
“The Métis have a strong tradition of military service,” pointed out MNOVC President Paquette, “our involvement in the defense of Canada started in the War of 1812, and Métis have served in both World Wars, the Korean Conflict, in Peacekeeping missions and most recently in Afghanistan.”
Click here to view a video of the entire ceremony. (please note the ceremony is 75 minutes long. If you only wish to view the address by President Lipinski you can place your curser on the video and a progress bar will appear which will indicate how many minutes the video has progressed. By clicking on the bar you can go back and forth in the video. President Lipinski's speech starts at 39:00 and the presentation to the MNO starts at 69:28).
Click here for more information on Métis contributions during the War of 1812.
MNO Veterans receive the QDJM at 2012 AGA
On August 27, in a ceremony held at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), 18 MNO citizens received Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals. The awards were presented by MNO President Gary Lipinski during a special ceremony held at the Roberta Bondar Pavilion in Sault Ste. Marie.
Ten of the medals were presented to MNO veterans, recognizing the long tradition of Métis service in defense of Canada that goes back as far as the War of 1812, as well as the dedication and sacrifice of each veteran. The veterans honoured included MNO citizens who had served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and numerous Canadian peacekeeping missions. The Veterans who received medals were:
Chris Plummer (Courtice), Senator Rene Gravelle (Val Caron), Guy Mandeville (Trenton), Senator George Kelly (Ottawa), Senator Earl Scofield (Lasalle), Senator Elmer Ross (Bobcaygeon), Greg Garrett (Penetanguishene), Kerry McLaughlin (Thunder Bay), Gerry Bedford (Orangeville), Senator Ray Bergie (Brampton), Jean Camirand (Thunder Bay) and Maurice Sarrazin (Val Caron).
2012 marks the last Black Bear Aboriginal Culture Camp at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden. The program is moving to
A total of 64 participants registered for the most recent Black Bear Program held from July 10 to July 14, 2012 at CFB Borden. This camp was special, because it will be the last one in
"It sure has been exciting working with the Aboriginal Youth from across
On July 6, 2012, MNO Veterans’ Council President, Joseph Paquette, attended the ceremony marking the change of command at CFB Borden from Brigadier General J.P.L. Meloche, OMM, CD, to Colonel T.L. Harris, CD. Best wishes were conveyed to outgoing Brigadier General Meloche and a Métis sash was presented to incoming Colonel Harris.
Under the command of Brigadier General Meloche, CFB Borden hosted the very successful "Aboriginal Youth Black Bear Program" for the past two years. During this time Mr. Paquette participated in the Black Bear Program as the "Métis Elder". This is the last year for the Black Bear Program at CFB Borden, but the program will continue to offer the same opportunities to First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth from across
Proud MNO veterans with the War of 1812 commemorative banner and medal during
President of the Métis Nation of
(holding War of 1812 medal) and Greg Garratt, Sergeant-at-arms of the MNOVC.
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veterans represented the MNO and the Métis National Council (MNC) in a ceremony at the Fort York Armouries in
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defense Minister Peter McKay, Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister John Duncan and Chief of Defense Staff General Walter Natynczyk were among the dignitaries participating in the ceremonies.
During the ceremony, the commemorative banner and medal that will be presented to Canadian Forces units and Métis and First Nations communities involved in the War of 1812 was unveiled. This follows the tradition established after the War of 1812, when banners and medals were presented to Aboriginal communities following the end of the War. An 1812 Commemorative Banner and Medal Ceremony for Métis and First Nations communities will take place later in 2012 in
MNO veterans in attendance included Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council (MNOVC) President, Joseph Paquette, MNOVC Sergeant-at-arms Greg Garratt and Senator Alis Kennedy. Métis National Council (MNC) Vice-President David Chartrand also attended
Great information on Aboriginal Veterans
See link below.