Senator Gordon-TrudeauPrime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and PCMNO Executive Senator
Reta Gordon (right).

Submitted by Reta Gordon, PCMNO Executive Senator

During a meeting with the leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations, Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Executive Senator Reta Gordon met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and caught the moment on camera.

On December 16, Trudeau met with Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council; Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; Dawn Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada; Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Their meeting focused on the best ways to implement the 94 recommendations found in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report.

Senator Gordon had been asked to read the closing prayer for the meeting. Afterward, Trudeau approached her and thanked her for the prayer and posed for a picture.

“I thought how proud his father would be,” Senator Gordon shared in an interview. “I felt that finally, good things will happen for Indigenous people…I remember the past and now I look forward to the future.”

In their picture, Trudeau and Senator Gordon both wore beaded garments. The beading on Senator Gordon’s jacket was done by PCMNO Youth Representative Mitch Case.

Published on: January 28, 2016