The Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) met for a virtual meeting on May 15, 2022 which included MNO citizen observers. The formal MNO provincial governance meeting was held in addition to a series of recent workshops.
MNO President Margaret Froh
MNO President Froh began with acknowledging the flooding experienced in Northwestern Ontario and confirmed the MNO is ready to mobilize supports to those impacted. President Froh also spoke to the success of the 2022 MNO Rendezvous held May 5-8 in Muskoka, which united MNO leadership and citizens and addressed key matters such as the Registry Review, Self government implementation, and other business. The Rendezvous was a time to renew relationships and celebrate Métis culture. and a great deal of work was achieved due to a large portion of regional committee meetings conducted.
An update on COVID-19 was provided, which celebrated the MNO’s ability to manage COVID-19 within MNO communities and shared MNO citizens are now eligible for their fourth dose of the vaccine. The PCMNO also acknowledged all the work being accomplished across MNO regions; including that seven out of eight regional communities have now signed their regional implementation agreements. President Froh also commended the work being done out at local levels and thanked all those who are running for elected office at the local level. Community events are being planned and its exciting for people to be able to get outside and renew relationships and share our story with Ontarians.
MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA) 2023
MNO Chair Hank Rowlinson and
Vice Chair Sharon Cadeau
The MNO is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from the community to identify the next host of the 2023 AGA which has a tentative date of August 15-18, 2023. It was moved and resolved that the PCMNO sets the dates of the 2023 and 2024 MNO Annual General Assemblies (AGAs) as follows:
Back to Batoche
MNO President Margaret Froh
The Métis Nation—Saskatchewan is hosting the 50th Anniversary of the Back to Batoche Métis cultural festival from July 21 – 24. A request for action was issued to confirm the dates and for PCMNO members to confirm interest in attending the event(s). PCMNO members interested in attending as delegates are asked to please RSVP to Sarah Boelhouwer by Friday, May 20, 2022
MNO Annual General Assembly (AGA) 2022
Chair Rowlinson and Vice Chair Cadeau and Rene Garcia, Senior Consultant, Boreala Management
PCMNO reviewed a preliminary project timeline for the upcoming MNO Annual General Assembly, scheduled to take place in Toronto between August 19-21, 2022. As is tradition, delegates will be arriving to opening ceremonies at Toronto Island via canoes Thursday, August 17 for speeches and entertainment. AGA official business will take place downtown. Among items being addressed at the PCMNO meeting were ongoing work plans, potential COVID-19 restrictions or protocols, an agenda framework and communications plan, special resolutions plans, invitations, etc.
Climate Change Programming
Linda Norheim – MNO Director of Lands, Resources and Consultations
Carbon Revenue Recycling / Carbon Top-Up Funding
The MNA, MNS and MNO will be receiving carbon revenue recycling also known as carbon top-up funding (carbon funding). The federal government collected this funding from the carbon tax placed on provinces which did not implement their own tax on fossil fuel polluters.
Nature Smart Climate Solutions Funding
MNO leadership and citizens have communicated a strong interest in establishing Métis land ownership to further the Métis role as environmental protectors and traditional stewards of the land.