Submitted by: Joseph Paquette, MNO Veterans’ Council President

MNO Veterans' Council_Moosonee hockey game
MNO Veterans’ Council Sgt-at-Arms Rob Baskey (back
row, third from left) joined the Ontario Provincial Police in a
charity hockey game against the Moosonee Fire
Department. Click here to view a larger version of the

As a Sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council Sergeant-at-Arms Rob Baskey has always been very involved in the northern community of Moosonee. His work continues to bring awareness to Métis people and help promote the MNO Veterans’ Council.

Last November, the Aboriginal Peoples Alliance of Northern Ontario (APANO)—a non-profit charitable organization that provide services for Indigenous peoples, sponsored a week of events to bring awareness to addictions and mental health in the Moosonee area.

One of these events was a charity hockey game between the Moosonee Fire Department and the OPP, which included Baskey on their roster. The event took place on November 13, 2016 and began with a community breakfast. As admission to the hockey game, the OPP collected non-perishable food items, which were then donated to the Moosonee Native Friendship Centre Christmas Food Drive. Moosonee Deputy Mayor John Moore opened the hockey game with a ceremonial puck drop.

The OPP also assisted with some of the other special events for the week including: a Walk for Awareness, a screening of Gord Downie’s The Secret Path album, and running an information booth at Northern College. They hope that their presence at events such as these will help outline their community mobilization efforts and bring awareness to residential schools, addictions and mental health issues.

Published on: January 11, 2017