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18th ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE METIS NATION

AGA 2011

BUSINESS OF THE MÉTIS NATION OF ONTARIO

Métis come together in Parry Sound

E ach year, citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) gather with friends, family and colleagues from across On- tario at the MNO Annual Gen- eral Assembly (AGA). The AGA is an op- portunity to pass on traditions and con- duct the business of the MNO. The 2011 AGA is taking place at the Bobby Orr Community Centre in Parry Sound, Ontario, from August 20 to 22, with pre-AGA activities taking place on Au- gust 18-19.

Parry Sound is a picturesque small city that sits on the beautiful Georgian Bay, an area that has been an important centre of Métis life and culture for over

PARRY SOUND PROVIDES THE PERFECT BACK DROP FOR SHARING THE STORIES OF THE ONTARIO MÉTIS, MANY OF WHICH STILL REMAIN UNTOLD.

300 years. Parry Sound was part of the great water routes of the fur trade and the historic northwest and provides a perfect backdrop for sharing the stories of the Ontario Métis, many of which still remain untold.

This year's jam-packed agenda in- cludes an amazing journey through the 30,000 Islands of the Georgian Bay on the Island Queen Cruise Ship as well as a Métis Cultural Night that will in- clude a delicious fish fry hosted by the Moon River Métis Community Council. Traditional opening ceremonies the morning of August 20 will feature digni- taries entering in three voyaguer canoes and popular activities like the Métis

Games will be back as well. A full agenda will include meetings and activi- ties for veterans, youth, women and senators. A two day trade show will run throughout the AGA and include displays and vendors from throughout the province. Daycare is available and the Parry Sound KOA has excellent camping facilities, which are only 20 minutes from Parry Sound.

So, plan on attending the AGA this year; you don't want to miss it!

If you have any questions about the 2011 AGA send an e-mail to: AGA2011info@metisnation.org

Parry Sound KOA

Camping S at the AGA eventy-five acres of natural paradise await you less than two hours north of Toronto in the heart of Georgian Bay Country, the world's largest freshwa- ter archipelago—home to 30,000 islands. Settle into a spacious open or wooded site among windswept pines and nature at its finest. Feel the sun tickle your face and warm your soul by day, then gather by the fire and marvel at the "Near North" starry skies by night. Enjoy the heated pool, trampoline, mini golf, gift boutique, wagon rides, bingo, two nearby sandy beaches, playgrounds and more! Fishing and golfing are not far away. Keep in touch via free Wi-Fi.

The KOA is only a 20 minute drive from Parry Sound and the Bobby Orr Centre, where the AGA is taking place.

August is a busy vacation time in Parry Sound, so we strongly encourage people who that are planning to attend the MNO AGA to book their camping sites early. We also advise anyone wishing to camp to contact the KOA prior to making travel plans in order to ensure that there are camp sites available.

PARRY SOUND KOA 276 Rankin Lake Road, Parry Sound RESERVE (800) 562-2681 INFO (705) 378-2721 pskoa@vianet.ca

Reserve online at Parry Sound KOA website: www.koa.com/campgrounds/parry-sound Information on a business that rents campers at: www.campertravelcanada.com

If you have questions about the AGA send an e-mail to:

AGA2011info@metisnation.org

Networking

Trade Show

T he MNO Planning Committee is now accepting applications from v e n d o r s , c o r p o r a t i o n s a n d n o n - profits for our trade show being held in conjunction with the MNO’s AGA, August 20-22, 2011, in Parry Sound, Ontario.

The AGA Planning Committee invites interested vendors, corporations and non- profit organizations to submit an applica- tion form. Each vendor receives a 10’x10’ area, including a table and two chairs. Electrical outlets may be limited and are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Thank you for your support and inter- est in the Métis Nation of Ontario Annual General Assembly 2011. We look forward to receiving your application.

For more information, or to submit your application contact:

CONTACT: Guylaine Morin-Cleroux, Trade Show Committee Rep Tel: 613-798-1488 xt.116 Toll Free: 1-800-263-4889 Fax: 613-722-4225 guylainem@metisnation.org

2011 AGA

Draft Agenda:

SUNDAY, August 21

Fish Fry

and Entertainment

TIME: 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Sunday, August 21 TICKETS: $15 per person

E njoy a delicious feast and great Métis Entertainment! On the evening of Sunday, August 21, partici- pants in the MNO Annual General As- sembly can take part in a wonderful celebration of Métis culture! The Moon River Métis Council is hosting a Métis Cultural Evening with exciting entertainment and an awesome fish fry. The Moon River Council is fa- mous for its fish fries so you don't want to miss it!

To reserve your ticket email: AGA2011@metisnation.org

AUGUST 18

Thursd

9 am - 5 pm Workshops (TBD) Bobby Orr Community

7 pm - 9 pm AGA REGISTRAT Bobby Orr Community

7 pm - 9 pm Senators’ Meet an Bobby Orr Community

AUGUST 19

Friday

8 am - 5 pm Workshops (TBD) Bobby Orr Community

Times TBD

  • Presidents’ Meet

  • Senators’ Meetin

  • Veterans’ Meetin

  • Women’s Meetin

  • Youth Meeting

Locations TBD

1 pm - 8 pm AGA REGISTRAT Bobby Orr Community

7 pm - 10 pm WELCOME TO TH Parry Sound KOA Bring your music and join President Lipinski a rousing AGA kick off

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