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New Arrival


SUMMER 2011, NO. 66

editor Linda Lord

design & production Marc St.Germain

contributors Amanda Desbiens Anne-Marie Armstrong Benny Michaud Bonny Cann Brenda Laurin Brian Tucker Chris Paci Dale Xilon David I.M. Clark Donn Fowler Loma Rowlison Melissa Pigeau Mike Fedyk Natalie Lloyd Nina Henley Raymond Tremblay Reta Gordon Richard Cuddy Rob Pilon Stacey Rivet Theresa Stenlund Wendy Pilon Verna Porter

contact Linda Lord, editor RR1 Hartington, ON K0H 1W0 llord@kingston.net Tel: 613-374-2305


No bouquet of flowers or box of chocolate could compare to the sweet, wonderful Valentine’s gift Melissa Pilon and Joey Charron (for- mer Youth representative for Region 3) received on Valentine’s Day. Their first child was born.

At approximately 5:30 P.M., Joseph Charron Jr. (the 4th) was born, weighing in at 7 lbs. and 2 ounces.

Proud parents are Melissa Pilon and Joey Charron. Cindy and Jim Pilon and Joe and Nicole Charron (Region 3, Em- ployment & Training Officer) are the proud grandparents.

Ontario Métis establish Development Fund

If undeliverable return to: Métis Nation of Ontario 500 Old St.Patrick St, Unit D Ottawa, ON, K1N 9G4 PH: 613-798-1488 marcs@metisnation.org www.metisnation.org

The next Voyageur deadline: September 1st, 2011

PUBLICATION #: PM 40025265

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for Ontario Métis. We will finally be able to provide much needed support and assistance to Métis entrepreneurs and businesses in building the economies of Métis communities, while also contributing to Ontario’s overall economic growth. On behalf of the Métis Nation, I would like to thank Minister Bentley and the Ontario Gov- ernment for working with us to see this dream become a reality,” said Pres- ident Lipinski.

“The Ontario Government is pleased to support the Métis Voyageur Development Fund. This fund will provide Métis entrepreneurs and busi- nesses in Ontario with the resources they need to develop and grow,” ex- plained Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Chris Bentley. “By supporting Métis economic development, we’re help- ing to boost economic growth in our province and create jobs and opportu- nity for all Ontarians.”

The fund, which has been set up as an arms-length, for-profit corporation, will be professionally managed by an independent board of directors se- lected based on skill and expertise in business. An interim board of direc- tors for the fund has been appointed. A list of these directors and their biog- raphies is available on-line.

The current fiscal year is a develop- mental one for the fund. It is antici- pated that funding will not begin to flow from the fund until 2012. In addi- tion, over the next few months, a province-wide call for additional direc- tors to the fund will be undertaken.

For more information about the Métis Voyageur Development Fund visit www.metisnation.org.


Best Wishes

  • An “honouring circle” held for Bonny Cann (third from left bottom row) by Ryerson Aboriginal

Student Service as a way to acknowledge her contributions to Aboriginal education.

Farewell Bonny! O n May 25th, an “honouring circle” was held for Bonny Cann by Ryerson Aborigi- nal Student Service as a way to acknowledge her gifts and contributions to Métis and Aboriginal education. Bonny has been a long time partner and ally to Ryerson. Hello to my Métis Family! I would like to take this oppor- tunity to say good-bye to every- one as I will be leaving the MNO as of Friday May 27th, 2011. I have been offered and ac- cepted a position with the fed- eral government working in Corrections as a Councillor to Aboriginal inmates out of a Gravenhurst Institution, begin- ning June 6th, 2011. It was a dif- ficult decision as the MNO has been such a huge part of my life since 1994! I worked on the original Toronto Métis Council as a women’s rep., then as the Chair, prior to applying for the Community Development Offi- cer position in 1996. I joined the MNO Cultural Commission for a short time and for the past four years have focused specifi- cally on Métis education for the province. I WISH THE MNO WELL IN ITS FUTURE ENDEAVOURS AND TRUST THAT IT IS IN GOOD HANDS WITH SO MUCH POTENTIAL FOR THE FUTURE! As Jennifer St. Germain, Di- rector of Education and Train- ing said, “It is with mixed emo- tions that I announce that one of MNO’s long-standing em- ployees, Bonny Cann, has re- cently accepted an exciting new position with Corrections Canada. Bonny has more than 15 years’ experience working within MNO’s Education and Training Branch and has con- tributed greatly to the breadth of the programs and services that are available to Métis peo- ple in Ontario. Bonny has been a valued member of the MNO team, a treasured part of the Métis family in Ontario and a re- lentless proponent of Métis rights, arts and culture.” referring clients who wish to re- turn to school or that require assistance with finding jobs. I hope to attend the AGA in Parry Sound in August as I have not missed any since the founding AGA in the early days of the MNO. Not only will I begin a new career but will also be relo- cating to Huntsville, Ontario. I wish the MNO well in its fu- ture endeavours and trust that it is in good hands with so much potential for the future! I have learned a great deal and will no doubt take the knowledge with me in an effort to help incarcerated Métis and other Aboriginal people to get back on track upon their re- lease. It is my hope that I will continue to work with the MNO, but from the outside by – Bonny Cann Given her many years of dedication and commitment Bonny wanted to share her own words of farewell: Bonny, you will be greatly missed by many, but we wish you the very best in all of your new endeavours.

MNO launches Direct Toll-free Number for Registry

As part of the continuing improvements to the Métis Nation of Ontario Registry, we now have a dedicated Registry phone line. The number for the line is:

1-855-798-1006 (toll free) or 613-798-1006 for local (Ottawa) calls

The advantage of using this line is that calls are not routed through the MNO reception desk but enter an automated system that enables callers to quickly and easily access the correct in- dividual to assist them. The automated system provides three options:

Line 2 Citizenship applications or replacement card

Line 3 Genealogy inquiries

Line 4 Harvest applications or Harvest cards

In addition to improved access, calls to the Registry may now be monitored and recorded for training and quality assurance purposes.

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