Submitted by: Joseph Paquette, President of the MNO Veterans’ Council

MNO Veterans' Council - John (Jack) Cadeau
MNO Korean War veteran Sergeant John (Jack) Cadeau
C.D displays the Louis Riel Certificate. Click here to view a
larger version.

Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) veteran Sergeant John (Jack) Edward Cadeau C.D. grew up in Port Severn, Ontario. When the Korean War broke out, he felt the need to serve his country and in April 1951, at the age of 17, he joined the army. Sergeant Cadeau spent 25 years in the service and retired in June 1975. Sergeant Cadeau was recently awarded two prestigious awards in recognition of his military service.

The first award was presented to on February 14, 2016, when Sergeant Cadeau received the Louis Riel medal and certificate, which formally recognizes him as an MNO veteran. Sergeant Cadeau is also one of two MNO-verified Korean war veterans.

The second award was presented on May 29, 2016, when MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette, MNO Chair Sharon McBride—who is Sergeant Cadeau’s daughter—and her family, paid a surprise trip to Georgetown for the Ambassador for Peace Medal Presentation. Also present at the ceremony were the following PCMNO members: Chair France Picotte, Region 7 Councillor Pauline Richardson, Senator Verna Porter-Brunelle, Youth Representative Mitch Case and Post-Secondary Representative Katelyn Lacroix.

Sergeant Cadeau was awarded the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, which was presented by HooJung Jones Kennedy, Advisor to the Republic of Korea President Park Geun Hye, National Unification Advisory Council, and Korea Veterans Association of Canada Unit 26 Project Coordinator. This commemorative medal is an expression of appreciation from the Korean government to Canadian service men and women who served in the Korean War.

Published on: June 6, 2016