Métis Nation of Ontario President’s Message

— June Edition —

As we step into June, a month dedicated to honouring and celebrating the rich history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous peoples across Canada, I am reminded of how thankful I am for our Métis communities here in Ontario. Indigenous History Month and Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our heritage, celebrate our achievements, and come together as a community.

As we face misinformation and meritless attacks on who we are, it’s never been more important for our Métis communities to take pride in sharing our stories. The past year has been very difficult for Métis people as we see false claims and hurtful statements made about us in the media. This Indigenous History Month, the MNO will be redoubling our efforts to share the truth about Métis history in Ontario and our communities. MNO citizens and allies can help by visiting and sharing content from the Ontario Métis Facts website.

A very busy June

In addition to sharing our history online and in the media, we will be out at many events this month! As just one example, the MNO attended the Indigenous History and Heritage Gathering in Ottawa from June 2nd to 4th with information from the Sault Ste. Marie Cultural Museum, which is a treasure trove of Métis artifacts and exhibits that beautifully narrate our journey and contributions. We will also be showcasing the Powley Travelling Exhibit, offering an in-depth look at the historic Powley case and its profound impact on our rights and recognition as Métis people.

June also marks a milestone in our history. In 2019, it was in this month that we signed the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement (MGRSA). This agreement was a step towards self-government, affirming our rights and paving the way for the MNO to become an even stronger, self-determined Métis government.

June is also Pride Month! This month, and every month, we recognize, celebrate, and stand together with our Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Métis friends and family. We love and support you for exactly who you are!

Coming Up

The new PCMNO gathered for a second orientation session and its inaugural meet this month. At that meeting I was pleased to announce the appointment of seven new Provincial Secretaries and the adoption of critical resolutions that will shape the future of the Métis government in Ontario.

All MNO citizens are invited to an online Town Hall on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. I will share information about the recent PCMNO meetings, and give some updates from across the MNO. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

I got an early start celebrating National Indigenous History Month at the Barrie South Simcoe & Moon River Metis Councils’ Early Learning Camp on May 31st. There is nothing like spending time with over 100 Metis children and youth to get you excited about the summer!

On June 10th I was fortunate to be able to attend the opening of the International Indigenous Music Summit, and on June 14th. On June 21st, we are hosting a virtual tea to honour Métis history along with many other events in Métis communities across Ontario, marking the Summer Solstice and National Indigenous Peoples Day. And of course, there are various Pride celebrations across the province as well this month that Métis citizens will be participating in, including the Two-Spirit Pow Wow in Toronto where the Toronto & York Region Métis Council once again hosted a booth. I hope you will be able to join us for one of the many events this June.

Get the Facts!

I want to once again encourage all of you to stay connected and informed by visiting the Ontario Métis Facts website. This platform is a resource for learning more about our history, culture, and ongoing initiatives. You can also follow our social media pages for stories from across our communities. Your engagement and participation in telling our stories are vital in keeping our Métis spirit alive and thriving.

Wishing you all a joyful and enriching Indigenous History Month!

Margaret Froh
President, Métis Nation of Ontario