suzanne r-bFounding MNO citizen Suzanne Rochon-Burnett (center).When Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen Michele-Elise Burnett, daughter of founding MNO citizen Dr. Suzanne Rochon-Burnett, heard of the Six Nations and Native allies commemorative memorial, it inspired her to reach out to the Métis community her mother had fiercely promoted.

Dr. Suzanne Rochon-Burnett passed away in 2006. She won several prestigious awards, including being named to the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. Every year, in honour of her outstanding service as a volunteer, the MNO presents the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award to recognize individuals who contribute as volunteers to the MNO.

The memorial, called Landscape of Nations, will be built in Queenston Heights, Ontario. It commemorates when the Six Nations and their Native allies fought in the Battle of Queenston Heights in the War of 1812.

According to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, “The completion of Landscape of Nations is to coincide with the bicentennial commemoration of the historic Council of Peace and Reconciliation held at Niagara between the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, those of New York and the British Crown on August 31-September 1, 1815.”

Burnett hopes to secure one section of the memorial, called the Longhouse, to pay homage to her late mother. So far, it’s the only Aboriginal naming level at the memorial.

“This endeavor gives me the opportunity to continue the passionate legacy my late mother started, one to give our people a voice of pride and help educate people about our true history,” Burnett shared in an e-mail.

To date, there has been $25,100 raised towards securing the naming level and Burnett is confident she will achieve her goal of $50,000.

Anyone interested in making a donation may send a cheque or money order to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and include the note “In Memory of SRB” in the memo.

For more information, contact Michele-Elise Burnett directly at 905-933-1915.