Submitted by: Elise St. Germain & Gabriele Simmons, Placement Students for MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council (TYRMC)

(Left-right) Members of the MNO TYRMC: Councilor
Justin Kogler, Senator Constance Simmonds,
President Tera Beaulieu, Secretary-Treasurer Marilyn
Hew and Chair Todd Ross. Click here for larger

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Toronto and York Region Métis Council (TYRMC) has been awarded a grant to hold Toronto and York region’s first Métis Rendezvous! With a generous grant from the Toronto Foundation’s 150th Fund, the Council, along with community volunteers, will be hard at work over the next several months planning for this exciting event.

The Rendezvous will be a large-scale celebration of the extensive contributions that the Métis Nation has made to Canada’s past, present, and future. The celebration of Métis culture and history will include a showcase of Métis fiddling, jigging, food and crafts as well as a goods and vendor market. By hosting this celebration the MNO TYRMC will be honouring one of Canada’s longest standing cultural traditions, the Rendezvous, by (re)introducing it to all peoples of the Toronto and York Region. Too often the contributions and sacrifices that Métis people have made for Canada’s founding are downplayed or absent from the narrative of this country’s formation. Celebrating Toronto and York region’s first ever Métis Rendezvous during Canada’s 150th will illuminate the essential role that the Métis Nation has played in Canada.

The MNO TYRMC anticipates a large turnout for the Rendezvous so they need the help of committed, passionate, and dependable volunteers! Those hoping to get involved in a 2017 Rendezvous Planning Committee are asked to submit a short statement outlining your interest and any experience you have with similar initiatives.

Statements may be submitted to

Attend an information circle to learn more!
When: Saturday, Feb 18th at 10:30 AM
Where: MNO Office, 311-75 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
light refreshments will be served.

The MNO TYRMC hopes to see many familiar and new faces at both the information circle and the Rendezvous itself. It is anticipated that the celebration will take place in the fall of 2017. Please join the email list ( or check out the Facebook (Toronto & York Region Métis Council) and Twitter (@TOYorkMetis) page to stay updated on the developments of the Rendezvous!

Posted: February 13, 2017