The Métis Nation of Ontario Women's Council

Participants in the MNO Women's Council meeting at the2017 MNO Annual General Assembly. Click here for largerpicture.

The Métis Nation of Ontario Women's Council (MNO Women's Council) is comprised of Métis women from Ontario who are committed to promoting women’s issues and  advocating on their behalf within the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) community. The MNO Women's Council also advises the PCMNO on matters pertaining to women and works with community councils, Aboriginal boards, government bodies and women’s groups to assist Métis people with issues of concern specific to women. This work includes policy development and review, coordination, consultation and education. The main goal of the MNO Women's Council is to encourage the full participation of all women within the MNO in helping to build a strong and healthy nation.

The MNO Women's Council works with the Women of the Métis Nation.

Click here to view the MNO Women's Council Terms of Reference.

MNO Women's Council appointment results [PDF]

The MNO Women’s Council consists of the Spokesperson and nine regional representatives. The current Council consists of the following:

Sharon Cadeau - MNO Women's Council Spokesperson

Region 1 – Colette Surovy

Region 2 – Kelly Camacho

Region 3 – Liliane Ethier

Region 4 – June Smart

Region 5 – Berni Picco

Region 6 – Cora Bunn

Region 7 – Bonny Cann

Region 8 – Pearl Gabona

Region 9 – Suzanne Jackson


Sharon Cadeau - MNO Women's Council Spokesperson

Sharon Cadeau has served as PCMNO Vice-Chair and spokesperson for the MNO Women's Council since 2008. She became actively involved in Métis politics in 1999 when she first learned of her Métis ancestry. She was Founding President of the Credit River Métis Council based in Brampton and has served as Regional Councillor for Region Eight. Her work on behalf of the MNO Women's Council is focused on securing the funding required to carry out the important advocacy and public awareness role of the Women’s Council.

Sharon, whose Métis roots have been traced to Penetanguishene, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has lived in Germany, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Her contributions to the Métis community include work on several different boards and committees and she is committed to ensuring the voice of the Métis Nation is heard throughout the province. Sharon received the Ontario Heritage Trust Award in recognition of her work with Mississauga Heritage and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. She has also earned one of the highest honours that her community can bestow: two eagle feathers.

Colette Surovy - Region 1
Biography to come soon

Kelly Camacho -  Region 2
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Liliane Ethier - Region 3
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June Smart - Region 4
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Berni Picco - Region 5
Biography to come soon

Cora Bunn - Region 6
Biography to come soon

Bonny Cann - Region 7
Biography to come soon

Pearl Gabona - Region 8
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Pearl is a retired Police Detective who only discovered her Métis ancestry in the past decade. Since then she has embraced her Métis culture and discovered many new family members.

Pearl and her husband of 39 years live in Bowmanville, Ontario. She was born in Peterborough and raised in Scarborough. Pearl worked as an elementary school teacher before turning to police work. As a detective she spent several years investigating physical and sexual assaults against women and children.

An avid reader and scrap booker Pearl and her husband winter in their RV in Florida.

Suzanne Jackson - Region 9
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Suzanne has served as Chair of the MNO Clear Waters Métis Council since 2013 after joining the Council in 2008. 

Eleven years ago, while working on family genealogy, she first became aware of her Métis lineage after identifying an ancestor shared with Louis Riel. Born and raised in Alberta, she was unknowingly steeped in the culture which was never identified by name.  

Her Mamère's experiences in the Duck Lake Residential school solidify a great concern that the past be remembered.

Women and children's needs have always been a primary focus in a career spent primarily as a Labour and Delivery Doula with training in healing methods such as Bowen Therapy.  She and her husband share seven children and 10 grandchildren between them.

A teacher at heart, ongoing outreach activities include school and women's groups' visits to further the knowledge of Métis history and traditions.

Immersion in the Aboriginal arts has taken her from beadwork, drum making, moose hair tufting, porcupine jewelry, etc., to where she is now learning the process of turning animal hides into useful items.  Moccasin making came first, followed by brain tanning the hide.  Next objective is a hunting licence and achieving a first animal harvest. 


Updated on: September 26, 2017