MNO citizen receives Order of Ontario

Ernest Matton And Elizabeth Dowdeswell
MNO citizen Ernest Matton (left) with Ontario Lieutenant 
Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell following his investiture
into the Order of Ontario. Click here for larger picture.
Submitted by: MNO Health and Wellness Community Support Services Coordinator Debbie Ferris-Gianmmattolla

On June 28, 2017, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen “Little Brown Bear” Ernest Matton was one of 28 people invested into the Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of individual excellence and achievement.

Matton was selected to receive the Order because of his work with the Michael Garron Toronto East-Health Network family. There, he manages and facilitates the newly accredited Aboriginal Healing Program, a program he has spent the past six years developing.

Matton blends Indigenous teachings with Western information to provide holistic healing approaches for Indigenous and non-Indigenous members of the community. According to Matton: “being Aboriginal is not a life style it is a way of life.

Matton is an expert in the areas of trauma, addiction and mental health, and he is both a sought-after speaker and effective group facilitator.

Matton wears the yellow Métis Sash with pride to signify that he honours missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and that he speaks to the commitment to breaking the cycle of violence and abuse.

Matton’s guiding philosophy is simple: “People don't care how much you know. They want to know how much you care.”

Posted: December 4, 2017

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