Canada’s oldest Métis veteran celebrates 105th birthday

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MNO 105 year old veteran Alex Boucher with MNO President Margaret Froh
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Submitted by MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette

On January 27, 2018, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veteran Alex Boucher celebrated his 105th birthday in Britt, Ontario. Alex was surrounded by many well-wishers including his family, friends and a delegation from the MNO and the MNO Veterans’ Council. Click here to view a story from CTV Northern Ontario about this event.

During World War II, Alex was part of the Medical Corps and trained new recruits in both battlefield medical procedures and on the rifle range.  Alex’s son Eugene spoke with pride about his father saying: “He’s a good father and he takes care of everyone.”

MNO President Margaret Froh and Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Region 7 Councilor Pauline Richardson both attended the party and made presentations to Alex on behalf of all MNO citizens. President Froh presented Alex with the Order of the Sash as well as a Métis blanket.

MNO Veterans’ Council Chair Brian Black, Secretary-Treasurer Greg Garratt and Women’s Representative Shelly Claus represented Métis veterans at the party. Greg presented Alex with an official replica of the statue “Métis: The Métis Nation,” the original of which stands in Penetanguishene. Shelly presented Alex with a Quilt of Valour produced by the Near North Quilters Guild.

Everyone in attendance was blessed to share in the pride his family and fellow citizens felt towards Alex. MNO President Froh explained: “From our research, Alex is the oldest Métis veteran in Canada and one of the oldest Indigenous veterans in the country.”

Alex’s children indicated that he is in fine health and his spirits are high. They say he is already looking forward to his 106th birthday party!

Posted: February 8, 2018

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