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Summer 2011


Métis Nation News


Northern voices heard O By Nina Henley Secretary, Kenora Métis Council KENORA who request service. Union Gas funded community meetings for the four community councils in Region One: Atikokan, Dryden, Fort Frances, and Kenora. The four meetings were similar in structure. Region 1 PCMNO Councillor, Theresa Stenlund, gave an overview of the proposed project. Citizens were given the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better un- derstanding of what is planned for this area and how it would af- fect their way of life with respect to harvesting. n April 20, 2011, the Métis Nation of Ontario, Region 1 Consultation Committee, and the Lands, Resources and Consultation (LRC) staff met with John Bonin of Union Gas. This was an initial meeting to discuss the Red Lake Natural Gas Pipeline Project. LRC Staff member, Joe Daze, provided a Power Point presenta- tion on local Métis history. John Bonin then gave an overview of the main project activities. A question and answer session fol- lowed. The citizens wanted to make sure that measures were being taken to diminish the impact on the area, and ultimately to their way of life. They were very happy, and relieved to find out that the existing highway easements were to be used, thus minimizing the impact on natural resources. Union Gas plans to construct the Red Lake Pipeline Project in a phased approach: Phase one of the project will include con- structing a pipeline from the ex- isting gas supply north of Ear Falls (the Bruce Lake Mine Site) to the intersection of Highway 105/125 (the “Red Lake Lateral”) and will include distribution pipelines to Goldcorp’s mine sites in Balmertown and Cochenour. These community dinners and information sessions were well received. The citizens had an op- portunity not only to gain valu- able information about the Union Gas Red Lake Project, but to reg- ister their businesses or trades on a master list produced for Union Gas. Phase 2 of the project will in- volve constructing distribution pipelines to provide natural gas service to the residents of Red Lake, Balmertown, Cochenour, Chukuni River Subdivisions, and any other residents and busi- nesses along the pipeline route Following these meetings, on May 17th, John Bonin met in Kenora with Métis business own- ers interested in a more in-depth view of the project to let them know what is to be expected in the upcoming months. (top) Region 1 Consultation Committee with John Bonin of Union Gas. (middle) Marlene Davidson, Clint Calder, John Bonin, Theresa Stenlund, Alvina Cimon, and Joel Henley; (bottom left) Registry Consultations were recently held in Atikokan. (bottom right) Registry Consultations in Dryden.


Retired Métis Rear Admiral recognized by Governor General

R etired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile received the Meritori- ous Service Cross from His Excellency, David Johnston, Gov- ernor General and Commander in Chief of Canada’s Armed Forces at a ceremony in Rideau Hall on June 10th. Rear Admiral Pile is Métis and the brother of Tim Pile, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO). The decoration recog- nizes a military deed or activity that has been performed in an outstandingly professional man- ner, according to a rare high stan- dard that brings considerable benefit or great honour to the Canadian Forces.

The citation for the award reads: “As Commander of Joint Task Force Games for Operation Podium, the Canadian Forces’ mission in support of the Van- couver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rear Admiral Pile led one of the most complex domestic military operations ever conducted in Canada. He demonstrated exceptional lead-

ership in shaping a co-operative and effective working environ- ment among dozens of partners, including all levels of govern- ment and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as well as their civil and military counterparts in the United States. His ability to fa- cilitate the collaboration and co- ordination of these entities, while ensuring that strategic and oper- ational goals were understood, respected and met by all, was in- strumental to the success of Op- eration Podium and brought great credit to the Canadian Forces.”

Retired Rear Admiral Pile is the son of Eileen Pile and the late Herbert Pile of Geraldton. He en- rolled in the Canadian Forces upon graduating from Geraldton Composite High School and at- tended both Royal Roads and Royal Military College, graduating from the latter in 1979. During his career as a naval officer he served in a number of Canadian warships, including a brief tour



Majesty’s Yacht







Queen’s Royal Visit to North America. In 1995 he was ap- pointed commanding officer of the new frigate HMCS Regina, which later became the first Canadian warship to fully inte- grate with a United States carrier battle group on deployed opera- tions. He subsequently served as Director of NATO Policy and as Commander of Maritime Opera- tions Group Four in Victoria be- fore being promoted to Com- modore and appointed Com- mander Canadian Fleet Atlantic in 2003. Promoted to Rear Admi- ral in 2005, he served as Chief Military Personnel and Com- mander of Military Personnel Command until being appointed Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific and Joint Task Force Pa- cific in 2007. From 2007 to 2010, he was concurrently appointed Commander Joint Task Force Games, leading Canadian Forces’ support to security and public safety for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Retired Rear Admiral Tyrone Pile with His Excellency, David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

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