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Patricia Thibault, one of the first citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) passed away on January 25, 2017. Born on January 19, 1950, Patricia received her MNO citizenship in 1993, the year the MNO was founded. She served from 1999 to 2005 as the Region 6 Councilor on the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) and was one of the original Captains of the Hunt serving as the Region 6 Captain until her passing.
Patricia passed peacefully at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home, Northbrook last Wednesday, at the age of 67. She was the loving wife to Reg for 47 years and was a cherished mother, grandmother, sister and friend of many.
MNO President and Chief Captain of the Hunt, Margaret Froh and former President Gary Lipinski have both commented on what a loss this is for the MNO.
President Froh stated: “Patricia was one of the courageous people who stepped forward when the MNO was in its early days. She had the vision to see what the MNO could become and achieve. I know all MNO citizens are truly grateful her contributions and leadership.”
Lipinski described Patricia as an early contributor and pioneer in the development of the MNO and the advancement of Métis rights. He stated: “Pat was a strong outspoken Métis woman with a strong connection to the land, A hunter and markswoman in her day; trapping with her partner Reg and her always loving the grandchildren; she brought these grassroots issues and concerns into the provincial dialogue; truly an amazing Métis woman and leader.”
As one of the original Captains of the Hunt, Patricia helped craft and develop MNO’s Harvesting Policy, which was one of the first laws the MNO ever ratified at an MNO Annual General Assembly. She also contributed to the discussions and work that moved the historic Powley case through the courts and ultimately to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Powley case was the first successful Métis rights case in Canadian history and Patricia was part of the team that helped move it forward.
President Froh added that, “As one of the founding citizens and Regional Councilor for Region 6, Patricia helped to advance the important work of governing the MNO in our early days. She has left a legacy that all MNO citizens are benefiting from today.”
Both President Froh and former President Lipinski join all MNO citizens today in expressing their condolences to Pat’s partner, Reg and family. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you, but I hope you will take some solace in our deepest appreciation of the contributions and difference Pat has made in the lives of so many,” concluded former President Lipinski.
Following cremation, the family will receive friends at the Milestone Funeral Centre, Northbrook on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. A Graveside Service will take place in the spring.
Friends desiring to do so may contribute in her memory to the charity of their choice.
Posted: February 3, 2017