Submitted by: Dr. Alis Kennedy, C.D., O.M.C., MNO Veterans’ Council Senator

Tera Beaulieu
Tera Beaulieu

On June 20, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Toronto and York Region Métis Council President Tera Beaulieu was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Native Students of the Year for the category of Graduate/Second Entry/Professional Award by the First Nations House of the University of Toronto. Beaulieu is also a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and has earned many awards and distinctions from the University of Toronto and York University.

The President’s Award for Outstanding Native Students of the Year, is given to students of Aboriginal ancestry (status, non-status, Métis and Inuit). The recipients are chosen based on academic achievement and previous and/or intended future contributions to the Aboriginal community.

Beaulieu is a MNO citizen and resides in Toronto where she is currently completing her Doctor of Philosophy in the Counselling Psychology Program at OISE-University of Toronto. Beaulieu’s program of research examines the supports and challenges of Métis traditional knowledge in addressing the life transition needs (mental health, education and employment) of urban Métis homeless peoples.

Beaulieu is also the current Supervisor of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Before taking on her role as President of the MNO Toronto and York Métis Council, she held the position of MNO Infinite Reach Facilitator at the University of Toronto for the past three years.

Beaulieu is passionately committed to serving the Aboriginal community of Toronto and is a proud Métis scholar, clinician, and community member. She is truly an inspiration to the Métis nation, especially to the youth. Congratulations on this great achievement!