Submitted by: Joanne Meyer, MNO Director of Intergovernmental Relations
Region 9 participants at the New Relationship Fund
information session. (L-R) Gisele Legiehn, NRMC Chair;
Jon Rochon, MNO WEKMC Interim President; Barb Lair,
MNO GRMC Chair; Terry Desjardins; Josh Clarke, MNO
CWMC Councillor; Jennifer Parkinson, MNO GRMC
President; Jerry Clarke, MNO CWMC; Wilf Rochon, MNO
WEKMC Chair; and Derrek Pont, MNO NRMC President.
On January 19, 2015, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Region 9 Consultation Committee members took part in a New Relationship Fund (NRF) information session at the MNO office in Windsor. At the session, participants learned about the purpose of the NRF, its objectives and eligibility criteria.
In attendance was: Gisele Legiehn, MNO Niagara Region Métis Council (NRMC) Chair; Jon Rochon, MNO WEKMC Interim President; Wilf Rochon, MNO WEKMC Chair; Barb Lair, MNO Grand River Métis Council (GRMC) Chair; Jerry Clarke, MNO Clear Waters Métis Council President (CWMC); Josh Clarke, MNO CWMC Councillor; Terry Desjardins; Jennifer Parkinson, MNO GRMC President; and, Derrek Pont, MNO NRMC President.
Consultation Committees work in collaboration with MNO staff to ensure inclusive, transparent and meaningful Métis consultation and accommodation processes with the Crown and proponents are in place. This collective-based, aggregate approach enables the MNO to ensure that regional rights-bearing communities have access to the technical and scientific expertise they need to effectively engage in consultation and accommodation processes.