The 2017 MNO Annual General Assembly

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More excitement is building every day for the 24th Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Annual General Assembly that will be taking place August 19-21, 2017 in beautiful Kenora Ontario!

Click here to view a draft AGA agenda.

Kenora sits on the world renowned Lake of the Woods,which is best known for its pristine and rugged landscape that stretches across a number of shorelines to a vast undisturbed wilderness area. Kenora and the Lake of the Woods are rich in Métis history and culture, which will be on display during the AGA.

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The primary venue for AGA 2017 will be the Kenora Recreation Centre located near Lake of the Woods and the hotels where most AGA delegates will be staying.

The primary AGA hotel will be the Clarion Inn Lakeside, which is directly across the street from the Kenora Recreation Centre where it affords its guests with amazing views of Lake of the Woods. Other hotels where AGA delegates will be
staying include the Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Travelodge, Waterview Inn, Super 8, Perch Bay, Natures Inn, Lake Vu Hotel, Selah Motel, Brewers Inn and Totem Resort/Yellow Bird Lodge.

As in the past, the MNO will be coordinating accommodations and travel for MNO citizens designated to attend by MNO Community Councils, which will include Presidents, Senators, Youth and Women’s Representatives as well as the members of the MNO Youth and Veterans’ Councils and the Women’s Secretariat. Council designated citizens will be contacted by the MNO directly in the coming weeks for registration purposes.

The MNO AGA is open to all citizens and non-delegates will be able to register via the MNO website in coming weeks. The MNO encourages citizens who may be travelling to Kenora to book accommodations (hotel or camping) as soon as possible, as facilities are limited and it is at the height of tourist season.

If you are considering camping there are excellent camping grounds and RV facilities at Anicinabe Park, which is only five minutes from the Clarion Inn Lakeside Hotel. You can learn about the park at www.anicinabepark.ca and book spots or make inquires at 1-877-318-2267 or scott@greenadventures.ca.

Additional camping is available at Rushing River Provincial Park, which is about 20 minutes from Kenora. To reserve space at this park call the Ontario Provincial Parks call centre at 1-888-668-7275.

As is tradition, on the Friday, August 18, prior to the start of the formal AGA the next day, AGA delegates will gather at Anicinabe Park to cheer on the arrival of the Voyageur canoes that will be paddled by the MNO leadership, special guests and other dignitaries. This year’s arrival will be all the more exciting as the MNO Canoe Expedition members will conclude their 2200 kilometre trek across Ontario at the AGA. After this epic entrance everyone will be in the mood to celebrate under a tent with a number of talented Métis entertainers.

For the first time, prior to the opening of business each day of the formal AGA from August 19-21,the MNO will be offering Canoeing demonstrations and instructions from a professional paddler. It will be an exhilarating way to get a start every morning!

AGA business sessions will run all day Saturday, August 19, the mornings of Sunday, August 20 and Monday, August 21. Saturday evening will feature a delicious fish fry and entertainment at Anicinabe Park, while Sunday afternoon at
Anicinabe Park will include a wide assortment of Métis cultural activities and games including jigging, trapping demonstration, fishing, canoeing and fiddling.

Throughout the AGA there will be a trade show and starting on Thursday, August 17 and until the end of the AGA on Monday, August 21, Cultural Care, which are adult supervised children’s activities will be available for the children of
delegates.

More details on these activities and announcements about even more activities will be in the next Voyageur newspaper and posted on the MNO website

Published on: January 6, 2017
Last update on: May 30, 2017