Ontario Métis Come Together in Thunder Bay
Every year, the citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) hold their Annual General Assembly (AGA) where we gather together with our friends, family and colleagues to conduct the business of the Nation, showcase our rich culture, pass on our traditions to younger generations and celebrate our stories.
The 2014 MNO AGA will be hosted by the Region Two MNO Chartered Community Councils in Thunder Bay. The President and PCMNO's welcome to the AGA will be held the evening of Friday, August 22 with the arrival of the voyageur canoes. The formal AGA will begin on Saturday, August 23, continue all day Sunday before wrapping up around noon on Monday, August 25.
Click here to view the draft agenda.
“We are very excited to bring the AGA back to Thunder Bay,” stated Region Two Provisional Council of the MNO (PCMNO) Councillor Cam Burgess. “We have had many great AGAs here in the past and we are confident we will be continuing that tradition this year!”
“We are very pleased that the three Region Two MNO chartered community councils are coming together to host this year’s AGA,” MNO President Gary Lipinski stated. “The Greenstone, Superior North Shore and Thunder Bay Métis Councils will each bring something special to their role as host and this kind of regional cooperation is great to see.”
Thunder Bay is an excellent location for an AGA as the area has been important to Métis for centuries; going back to its earliest history when it played a pivotal role in the fur trade to more recent times such as in 2004, when the MNO and the Ontario government signed the Interim Harvesting Agreement at the AGA that year. Today, Métis are important players in culture and economy of Thunder Bay through Memorandums of Understanding between the MNO and resource companies such as Osisko, Detour Gold and Union Gas as well as with similar agreements with educational institutions such as Lakehead University and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. It is through agreements like these that the MNO contributes to building a stronger future for Métis people in Ontario.
During their stay in Thunder Bay, MNO citizens can explore spectacular natural wonders like Eagle Canyon and Kakabeka Falls, sail on the waters of Lake Superior, and golf at the luxurious Whitewater Golf Club. They may also unwind from outdoor pursuits by visiting art galleries and museums or taking in musical and stage shows. And don't forget to travel back in time at Fort William Historical Park - the world's largest reconstructed fur trade post!
Mark your calendar for the 2014 AGA and look for announcements about AGA registration, activities, venues, accommodations and meals on the MNO website and Facebook page.