MNOVC military serviceThe Moss Park Armory in Toronto.

It was with great sorrow that Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council President Joe Paquette attended the military service conducted for his friend and regimental Sgt. Maj. Scott “Paddy” Paterson, CD, held on February 20 at the Moss Park Armory in Toronto.

Paterson served in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, an infantry regiment of the Canadian Forces Reserve and the only militia unit in Canada with a parachute tasking, and Paquette served in the Queen’s Own regular forces, 1st Battalion. The two had known each other since the days when Paterson was still a corporal.

During the service, Paquette was able to march with the Queen’s Own Rifles’ Parent Association. As the only Métis present, Paquette’s sash gave rise to many questions and much interest from other attendees. It gave him an excellent opportunity to inform people of the Métis who have served and who currently serve in the Canadian Armed Forces in the defense of Canada.

Published on: March 11, 2016