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MNO Remembrance Day Message 2018


Remembrance Day throughout the province

Remembrance Day, Aboriginal Veteran's Monument, Ottawa 2018

MNO Veteran Sharlene Lance, Senator Boyer, and MNOVC Women's Rep Shelly Claus at the Aboriginal Veteran's Monument in Ottawa

MNO Veteran, Jean Camirand C.D., in Thunder Bay 2018

MNO Veterans in Ottawa at the Remembrance Day Ceremonies

MNO Veterans in Ottawa with Senator Boyer

MNO Veterans Shelly Claus and her sister Sharlene Lance in Windsor

MNO Veteran Don Kennedy in Hamilton 2018

Nov. 11th at Port Credit Cenotaph, 2018

Meeting in Ottawa 2018

MNO Youth Council Receives Honour Blanket

The MNO Youth Council received a special gift from the
MNO Veterans’ Council at the 2018 MNO AGA in
Peterborough. Pictured are MNO Veterans’ Council
President Joseph Paquette, Region 2 Youth Council
Representative Paul Robitaille, MNO Youth Council
President Mitch Case, Region 1 Youth Representative
Kelly Duquette, Region 4 Youth Representative Taylor
McNally, Region 6 Youth Representative Aly Dusome,
Region 7 Youth Representative Jordyn Playne and MNO
Veterans’ Council Senator Guy Mandeville C.D.

Submitted by Greg Garratt, MNO Veterans’ Council Secretary/Treasurer

When Irene Robitaille, a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen from Penetanguishene, was visiting a friend in the hospital, the patient in the next bed was cold, so she set out to find a blanket.

Even with the extra blanket, the man, whom she learned was a veteran, was still cold.  On her next visit to the hospital, she gave him a fleece honour blanket that she had made.

He was so grateful that she thought of Métis veterans and was inspired to make 30 more for the MNO Veterans’ Council to present to Métis veterans to honour their contributions.

One of those blankets was presented to the MNO Youth Council by the MNO Veterans’ Council at the MNO Annual General Assembly in Peterborough.

The MNO Veterans’ Council puts great energy into supporting the development of Métis youth, educating them on Canadian Forces careers and keeping the torch of remembrance burning.

The blanket is a symbol of the support and guidance the MNO Veterans’ Council provides Métis youth and the blanket will honour Métis youth who choose to serve in the Canadian Forces.

The special gift has sparked the idea for a province wide beading project, which is still being developed.

“We'll be asking Métis youth from across the province to bead and then send us a flower of any shape, size, pattern or colours,” said Region 2 Youth Representative Paul Robitaille in an email. “We are also encouraging them to tell us why that flower/pattern is meaningful to them. From there, the MNO Youth Council will arrange and sew the flowers onto the blanket and then connect them using beadwork to form one cohesive piece.

“Essentially it will become a province-wide Metis youth collaborative art project.”

Posted: Sept. 21, 2018

Check out the following link for information

We recognize the unique experiences of Indigenous Service Members and Veterans.

MNOVC Women's Rep organizes event in Windsor

MNOVC Women's Representative Veteran Shelly Claus
What a great "So You Think You Can Sing" fundraiser was a huge success. The food was great,the bar was busy,we had over 35 singers, endless number of dancers and the band (Crowbar Hotel) out did themselves.Thank you to Brenda Desjardins for helping me sell out of tickets,various friends who donated spot dance,raffle and door prize gifts.
DJ's kitchen and Riverside Royal Canadian Legion Branch 255 generously donated funds to the Metis Veterans of Ontario Community Council (MNOVC). The day ended with an ole favourite.. Stairway to Heaven

All proceeds will be donated to the MNOVC
Attention MNO Youths
The Métis Nation of Ontario Veterans’ Council (MNOVC) is interested in your experience.
For any MNO youths that have attended the Military Black Bear, Bold Eagle, Raven or Aloy programs, or chose to enlist in the Regular Armed Forces or Reserves, we the MNOVC would like to hear about your experience. Please submit a one to two page story of your experience and we will be adding it to our second Metis Veterans book.
Please outline which branch (army, navy or air force) you served with along with length of service.
Did you take courses, received promotions or encouraged others to follow suit.
What was your overall experience? Were you able to apply your military experience to civilian life? Did your military experience help you achieve your goals? Was there Aboriginal content that spoke to you.
Let us know…….
Please send to [email protected]

All Gave Some........Some Gave All
We Shall Remember Them

Change of Command in Trenton 2018
MNOVC attends Change of Command


On the 26TH June 2018 at 1030 hours, the Canadian Forces Postal Unit, CFB Trenton held a Change of Command parade at Baker Island, 47 Island Park Drive, Trenton ON.    Guests were seated by 1020 hours.   The ceremony was presided by the Commander of the Canadian Forces Joint Operational Support Group, Colonel Carla Harding, CD.   Major Jane Ann Swim, CD will relinquish command of the unit to Major Pauline Hancock, CD.    The Change of Command was followed by a reception.

Metis Nation of Ontario Veterans Council Senator Guy Mandeville, CD was an invited guest to witness the Change of Command between Major Swim and Major Hancock.    Senator Guy Mandeville has been an avid supporter of the  Canadian Forces Postal Unit at CFB Trenton and since his retirement from the Canadian Forces has worked in many roles within the CF Postal Unit doing jobs such Postal Museum curator, historian etc.

Submitted by: MNOVC Senator Guy Mandeville, CD

Women In the Shadows

Grand River Council Senator Carol Lévis, Grand River Council President Jennifer Parkinson, MNO Veterans Council Senator Guy Mandeville CD, Grand River Councillor Diane Kilby and Grand River Treasurer Leslie Muma.


The Grand River Metis Council in conjunction with the Kitchener/Waterloo Region Museum at 10 Huron Rd, Kitchener, Ontario on the 18th June 2018 viewed the film “Women in the Shadows” a 1991, 55 minutes National Film Board (NFB) film directed by Norma Bailey and written and filmed by Christine Welsh to “Reconcile with her Metis Past”.

Filmed on location in Saskatchewan from the Qu’Appelle Valley to Hudson Bay, the documentary traces the filmmaker’s quest for her Native foremothers in spite of the reluctance to speak about Native roots on the part of her relatives.   The film articulates Metis women’s experience with racism in both current and historical context, and examines the forces that pushed them into the shadows.

After the viewing, David Neufeld, Education Coordinator at the Waterloo Region Museum held a panel discussion with question from the audience.  The panel consisted of Grand River Council President Jennifer Parkinson, Councillor Diane Kilby and MNO Veterans Council Senator Guy Mandeville.    The evening was very enjoyable with many questions being asked and replied.   The audience found it very insightful and many did not the realize that the Metis hid their identity for fear of being branded traitors to Canada since the  Northwest Rebellion of 1885.   The Metis coming of age arrived with the repatriation of Canada’s Constitution in 1982.   We are still struggling with Provincial and Federal Governments for real recognition/reconciallation.

This film even though made in 1991 is still relevant today and should be viewed by all Metis as it is an eye opener and will bring to the forefront why some of our parents would not confide in their children their ancestry.     All Metis present expressed their pride in the Metis Nation and thanked the Kitchener Museum for their support in the National Indigenous Week presentations.

Submitted By: Guy Mandeville CD, MNOVC Senator

Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach would like to share the following
news release amongst our network. It has been posted to the Veterans
Affairs Canada Website; however we encourage you to pass this message
along to anyone of interest.

News Release – Veterans Affairs Canada expands access to mental
health services in Kingston

April 5, 2018 – Kingston, Ontario – Veterans Affairs Canada

When a Veteran is struggling with their mental health, and they find
the courage to talk about it and seek help, timely access to mental
health services can make the difference. The Government of Canada is
committed to ensuring Veterans and their families have the mental health
services they need when and where they need it.

Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined George Weber,
President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal), for
the opening of The Royal’s newest Operational Stress Injury (OSI)
Clinic service site in Kingston, Ontario.

Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and operated in partnership with The
Royal, the new service site will address the increased demand for OSI
Clinic services in the greater Kingston area.

"We have come so far in our understanding and treatment of mental
health for Canada's serving members and Veterans. What is equally as
important is making sure that those supports are available where and
when our Veterans need them. By opening this new clinic in Kingston, we
are better able to provide the specialized treatments and supports, as
well as educational programs and therapy, for Veterans and their
families. "
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence

“Veterans struggling with their mental health shouldn’t have to
look far to find help. The skilled and caring staff at The Royal are
experts in providing support and treatment for operational stress
injuries. By expanding these services to Kingston, we hope to help even
more Veterans and their families begin to heal.”
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa

Quick Facts
· An operational stress injury is any persistent psychological
difficulty resulting from operational duties performed while serving in
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or as a member of the RCMP.

· There are 11 OSI clinics across Canada. These include two
operational stress injury clinics at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in
Montreal— one residential and one outpatient—as well as
operational stress injury clinics in London, Quebec City, Winnipeg,
Calgary, Fredericton, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Dartmouth.
Additional satellite clinic sites, such as in Kingston, provide services
closer to locations where Veterans live.

· Through the VAC Assistance Service, Veterans can reach a
professional counsellor at any time—24 hours a day, 365 days a
year—by calling 1-800-268-7708.

Associated Links
Network of OSI Clinics

For immediate release
House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs Launches Study on Indigenous Veterans
Ottawa, May 8, 2018 -
For the first time, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs is undertaking a study on Indigenous veterans. To that end, the Committee plans to hold seven meetings in Ottawa until mid-June, and a delegation of MPs will travel to meet with Indigenous veterans in late May. According to the preliminary itinerary, the delegation will be in:
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • Millbrook, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • Indian Brook, Nova Scotia, on May 28;
  • The Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, on May 29;
  • Beauval, Saskatchewan, on May 30; and
  • Victoria, British Columbia, on May 31.
In a second part of this study, the Committee also hopes to travel in the fall of 2018 to meet with Indigenous veterans living in the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. <
The topics of the study of Needs and Issues Specific to Indigenous Veterans will include:
  • Support offered to Indigenous veterans by their communities during the transition process;
  • Quality of services offered to Indigenous veterans by Veterans Affairs Canada;
  • Specific needs of Indigenous veterans living in remote areas;
  • Specific issues affecting:

    • First Nations veterans (on- and off-reserve);
    • Métis veterans;
    • Inuit veterans;
    • Modern-day Indigenous veterans; and
    • Indigenous reservists.
  • Treatment of Indigenous veterans who served in the Second World War and the Korean War;
  • Issues concerning veterans who served with the Canadian Rangers; and
  • Services offered to Indigenous veterans who served with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Veterans Affairs Canada.
At the conclusion of this study, a report will be tabled in the House of Commons containing recommendations to the government on the benefits and services offered to Indigenous veterans. Organizations and veterans interested in taking part in this study are invited to express their interest by email to [email protected] by May 22, 2018. For more information on the study of Needs and Issues Specific to Indigenous Veterans:
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For more information, please contact
Karine Parenteau, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs
Tel: 613-944-9354
E-mail: [email protected]

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Metis Nation of Ontario Oldest Veteran Celebrates his 105th Birthday
Metis Nation of Ontario's Oldest Veteran Celebrates his 105th Birthday

Veteran Alexander Boucher celebrated his 105th birthday last Saturday in Britt. What a special day for Alex being the oldest Aboriginal Veteran in Canada. He was presented the Order of the Sash by MNO President Margaret Froh and the Metis commemorative statue (presented by MNOVC Secretary/Treasurer Greg Garratt) of the Aboriginal Monument which is located in Penetanguishene, Ontario.The MNOVC was able to orchestrate to have representatives of the MNOVC attend this very special day. Many gift were presented, including a special quilt from Quilt of Valour by MNOVC Women's Rep Shelly Claus. Also in attend was Brian Black MNOVC Chair and several family members as well as friends.

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