Submitted by Ron Gignac

shore-lunchRon Gignac near Nakina. Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veteran Ron Gignac enjoys being outdoors. As an MNO citizen, fishing and hunting have always been part of his life. Spending time in a boat on a small northern lake and upon rushing rivers in Ontario is a good way to re-connect with the land and the bounties it provides.

Gignac recently spent a memorable fishing day near Nakina, Ontario. There, together with good friends and family, he secured a fine catch of pickerel. Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?

To Gignac and his family, the wilderness is a favorite place. Over the years, in those far distant lands while serving in conflict areas, Gignac would often reminisce and dream about the beautiful and rugged terrain of Canada, especially northern Ontario. The peace and solitude from thinking of his next adventure, and memories of past fishing, trapping, and hunting trips with family and friends were refreshing even in the midst of the dangers of those past conflicts.

Gignac affirms that God’s creations are marvelous and the experience of being in the wilderness brings that sense of comfort and wholesomeness that so many simply drive past in our hurried and demanding society. He encourages fellow Canadians, and especially our veterans, MNO citizens and their families to get reacquainted with our beautiful wilderness and the adventures that wait within it. The sense of peace and tranquility combined with the land’s beautiful flora and fauna will uplift your soul.