Ontario Métis Come Together in Ottawa
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.
AGAs are Métis self-government in action, and each year, the MNO leadership has been able to report successes in all the areas outlined in the MNO Statement of Prime Purpose, which was enacted by the MNO founders at its first meeting.
The MNO registers Community Council Presidents or their proxies as well as MNO Senators, Veterans, Women and Youth representatives. MNO citizens and others who wish to attend but who are not a part of these group are also very welcome to attend the AGA but can only register in person at the AGA during the registration times indicated in the agenda.
In 2013, as MNO citizens come together for the 20th AGA, we have two decades of achievement to recognize and by so-doing, acknowledge the vision of our founders whose courage and tenacity built the MNO into the champion of Métis people that it is today.
Click here to view a French language news report about the AGA.
The 2013 Annual General Assembly
The 2013 MNO AGA is taking place in beautiful Ottawa at the recently renovated Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel. Located centrally in downtown Ottawa, the Delta is close to Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Civilization as well as great downtown shopping and other amenities. The Delta is also close to Victoria Island on the Ottawa River, which will be the site of this year's cultural activities. (For more information on the Delta Ottawa click here.)
Community councils co-hosts
The AGA is being co-hosted by Region Six MNO chartered community councils; the MNO Ottawa Region Métis Council and the MNO High Land Waters Métis Council.
“We are very pleased that the two councils in Region Six have stepped forward to provide the MNO with this opportunity,” stated MNO President Gary Lipinski. “Ottawa is an exciting city with great venues for AGA events including several with important ties to the Métis Nation.”
Tom Thompson Jr., Region Six Provisional Council of the MNO (PCMNO) Councillor and past President of the MNO High Land Waters Métis Council added: "The Métis played an important part in the history of Canada, and the dual anniversaries of the MNO and Powley, make 2013 the perfect year to bring that to the attention of the entire country."
Among the locations of special interest to Métis are: the Supreme Court of Canada building where the Powley decision was announced, the stunning Canadian Museum of History in nearby Gatineau that was designed by Métis architect Douglas Cardinal, the Aboriginal Veterans Monument and the Ottawa River, which was a major fur trade route. Click here to view a map of AGA venues and nearby Ottawa attractions.
The Friday evening will start with the traditional opening ceremonies and welcome to the AGA hosted by President Lipinski and the PCMNO. Métis leaders and special guests will paddle in canoes from Victoria Island to the Museum of Civilization where they will be greeted by AGA delegates and their families. This ritual, which connects the MNO with its Métis voyageur roots, is always an exciting part of the AGA.
This will be followed by a procession into the museum where AGA delegates will be able to view the world premiere of the new history of the MNO documentary movie.
Victoria Island will be the location for this year's Métis games and cultural activities, which are scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 25, Click here for more information on Victoria Island.
The evening of Saturday, August 24 will feature a 20th Anniversary Feast, Dinner Theatre and Dance. All AGA delegates are encouraged to attend wearing their most beautiful traditional Métis attire in a special event that will honour the MNO founders and our Métis ancestors.
A community evening hosted by the Region Six MNO Community Councils will take place the evening of Sunday, August 25 with details to be announced in coming weeks.
Other highlights will include the presentation of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award. Click here for more details.