Otawn (autumn in michif) is truly a meaningful time for Métis. As a people of the land, it’s a time we come together with friends and family to celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks to the Creator. The land and waters provide us with many gifts and life-sustaining resources, which nourish our people and our Métis culture and ways of life.

Thanksgiving is a time to acknowledge these gifts and demonstrate our gratitude by coming together as a community, and sharing the harvest with friends, family, and loved ones.

This fall, we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and although the landscape we find ourselves in today may be very different than that of our Métis ancestors, our collective efforts and endurance have proven time and time again that Métis are strong, resilient and capable of surviving anything.

From the many citizens who have volunteered their time and talents this past year, to community leadership who have helped inspire and guide us through the pandemic, and to the staff and volunteers working tirelessly to support our people and advance our rights, there is much to be grateful for and proud of in the MNO. We will get through these unprecedented challenges together.

On behalf the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, thank you for your contributions to our Métis community this past year and best wishes to you and your loved ones during this fall harvest.

Please stay safe and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.