Submitted by: MNO Great Lakes Métis Council Office Coordinator Susan Staves-Schank
(Left-right): MNO Great Lakes Métis Council OfficeCoordinator Susan Staves-Schank and MNO GreatLakes Métis Council Senator Ralph Wolf Thistle meeting Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswellat a Billy Bishop event in Owen Sound. Click herefor larger picture.On June 9, 2017, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Great Lakes Métis Council (GLMC) Senator Ralph Wolf Thistle and MNO GLMC Office Coordinator Susan Staves-Schank met the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. They met her Honour at an event marking for the 100th anniversary of when Billy Bishop received the Victoria Cross for a dawn raid on a German aerodrome on June 2, 1917.
Senator Thistle and Ms. Staves-Schank provided a gift of sage and sweet grass to Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell during the meet and greet at the event. The sweet grass was grown from the MNO GLMC community garden.
In her remarks at the event, Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell noted the country’s efforts at reconciliation with First Nations and Métis peoples who’ve been in Canada for millennia, she said “so it’s not simply a celebration of 150 years, it’s much more than that.”
Her Honour also hopes Canadians would look ahead at “what it is that we’re going to need for this country to move forward even in the next 50 years and what it is we need to protect and safeguard about the way in which we live.”
Posted: October 18, 2017