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MNO COVID-19 Support:
Weekly Telephone Town Halls have been postponed during the 2020 Election period, the MNO is continuing to provide updates to Citizens on recent and relevant developments. If you have any questions, please email: ElizabethH@metisnation.org. Questions will be incorporated into a frequently asked questions document which will be made available on the MNO website.
MNO Election 2020
Voting in the 2020 Metis Nation of Ontario election will conclude on Monday, June 1 2020 at 6PM EDT. Citizens who have not yet voted in this election are encouraged to visit the 2020 MNO Election page for information about the candidates and the election process, including how to cast a vote by telephone or online.
As per Article 35 of the Election Code, the Chief Electoral Officer will publicly announce the results of MNO Election 2020 and declare elected the Candidates who received the largest number of votes. This announcement will be posted at www.metisnation.org/election as soon as the results of the counts of all valid Ballots are confirmed the evening of June 1, 2020.
Additionally, pursuant to Article 9 of the Electoral Code, a list of the 2020 acclamations has been declared and is now available on the MNO’s Election page.
Extension of emergency orders in Ontario
Emergency orders established by the Ontario government have been extended to June 9, 2020, replacing the previously anticipated date of June 2. As a result, all public areas, including outdoor facilities, and bars and restaurants (excluding those open for takeout or delivery), will remain closed at this time. Gatherings will also continue to be limited to five or less people. For more information on the emergency orders in force across Ontario, see this link
MNO Emergency Supports Update
Special Needs Support Program -- The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) has put in place several COVID-19 Emergency Financial Support Programs to assist MNO Citizens and families affected by the pandemic. To this roster the MNO has added a new Special Needs Support Program.
Through the Special Needs Support Program MNO Citizens with children aged 0-21 years with special needs can receive a one-time benefit of $500 per child up to a maximum of $2,000 per family to provide assistance during this time of physical distancing. This benefit is limited to one per household.
For more information, including qualifications please see this link.
A committed team of MNO staff are continuing to process citizen applications for all of the Emergency Financial Support Programs. To date the team has worked with more than 1,300 applicants, and every day more support is getting out the door to Métis families. This work has been taking place in addition to delivering regular MNO programming, while staff are working from home! We thank all of our dedicated staff both for their willingness to adapt and for all of their hard work during this time.
Federal and Provincial COVID-19 Updates
Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
Canada Child Benefit increase:
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) - Extended
Canada Summer Jobs (for Students and Youth)
All available fact sheets can be found on the MNO’s COVID-19 updates page
Harvesting during COVID-19
As the weather continues to improve, it is likely many will choose to spend their time increasingly outdoors. The MNO urges its citizens to be cautious when outside of their homes and has published an informational pamphlet of best practices for harvesting safely during this period.
Citizens are reminded to keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approx. 2 meters) from anyone outside their household, and to limit groups to five persons or less. MNO Harvesters that have valid Harvester cards can camp on Crown Land in their traditional territory in order to exercise their Métis right to harvest.
Citizens should also note that the province wide fire ban put in place April 3, 2020 has been lifted. As of May 16, outdoor fires are again permissible in Ontario; however the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will continue to assess and monitor the situation and place restrictions if necessary. At this time, certain high risk regions and municipalities, including Dryden and the City of Thunder Bay, will continue to observe the fire ban.
Any questions about harvesting should to directed to your Regional MNO Captain of the Hunt.
Volunteers for mask making
The MNO is grateful to recognize the many MNO Citizens who have answered the call for volunteer mask makers, and we continue to request skilled sewers aid in their production and distribution. Those who would like to request a mask or to volunteer to make masks are encouraged to contact their local Community Council Women’s Rep, MNO Women’s Council Regional Rep or email COVIDhelp@metisnation.org.
MNO Summer Youth Program (SYP)
The 2020 MNO Summer Youth Program (SYP) commenced last week, thanks to the dedication of MNO Education and Training staff and new opportunities afforded by video-conferencing technologies. Engaging online platforms like Zoom has allowed for more students than ever before to be accepted into the 2020 summer employment program. Last week, 30 enthusiastic Métis post-secondary students met virtually to begin their orientation to this unique program. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, these students will be working remotely to deliver popular Métis-based culture and history programming. Be sure to follow their journey by regularly checking the MNO website and social media channels for updates!
Métis youth seeking summer employment and employers looking to hire Métis youth should reach out to Rachelle Brunelle, Supervisor of Education and Training branch, at RachelleB@metisnation.org or by cell: 705-529-6175.
Posted: May 29, 2020See ALL news articles