Family Voices:
A collection of Métis family experiences

 

We are calling on all MNO citizens and storytellers! The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is compiling a collection of stories directly from citizens for a special project called “Family Voices”.  Share your stories and help commemorate and reflect on the remarkable success of the MNO over the past 30 years, and celebrate the profound impact of the landmark Métis rights case R v. Powley.

The MNO recently marked its 30th anniversary. Over the past three decades, our communities have come together in truly inspiring and innovative ways.

Together, MNO citizens have built a democratic governance structure that includes provincial, regional, and local structures, with elected Métis leaders representing citizens across Ontario. The MNO also has several advisory councils, which represent distinct interests and perspectives within the MNO, including a Women’s Council, Youth Council, Veterans’ Council, Senators, and a Two-Spirit Interim Council.

With over 30 offices province-wide, MNO provides essential programs and services to citizens, including: Healing and Wellness, Housing and Infrastructure, Community Wellbeing, Education, Employment, Training, Community Justice and more.

There is likely no one within the Métis Nation who has not heard about the ground-breaking Métis harvesting rights case that the MNO advanced: R v Powley.  Powley was—and remains—the only Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming Métis rights protected by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. In 2023, we celebrated the twentieth anniversary of this landmark ruling affirming Métis rights.

The collected “Family Voices” stories will be compiled into a book to preserve and highlight stories showcasing how the growth of the MNO and Powley decision have positively affected families across the MNO.

Your stories are the heartbeats of our community. Whether it’s a tale of resilience, cultural revival, or newfound opportunities, your story matters! Share your story and help us celebrate the growth of the MNO and our communities.

Complete the survey online at
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G7P62CG