Submitted by MNO Clear Waters Métis Council President Jerry Clarke

MNO Clear Waters Métis Council President Jerry Clarke and
his granddaughter Madeline Brum participate in a discussion
about the needs of Métis community members.

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Clear Waters Métis Council President Jerry Clarke and his granddaughter, Madeline Brum, participated in a community conversation, which aimed to get feedback about the needs of Indigenous individuals in the community.

The pair was invited by the Systems Support Librarian of Oxford County in Ingersoll, Ont., to be part of a panel discussion following the screening of documentary film Bee Nation on March 7. The documentary is about the first-ever First Nations provincial spelling bee that took place in Saskatchewan in 2016. Winners from the competition went on to the national championship in Toronto.

The conversation that followed focused on getting input not only from First Nations individuals, but also Métis community members to find better ways of identifying the needs of Indigenous members of the community.

Clarke and Brum focused on the topic of Métis awareness. Answering questions raised about how to achieve a positive outcome for present and future Métis individuals in the community, they highlighted the need for cultural sensitivity and education. Brum also added information regarding Métis youth needs in the education system.

Posted: March 27, 2018