Following the July 11-12, 2020 Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) meeting, a Telephone Town Hall was held with MNO leadership on July 15, 2020. These call-in sessions are meant to provide regular updates to MNO leadership and community on priority issues, including recent registry updates, MNO branch and program developments and other relevant news.
PCMNO Recap, July 11-12, 2020
The Telephone Town Hall call reviewed the most recent PCMNO meeting agenda and highlighted key priorities, such as updates and reports concerning:
- MNO Finance and Audit Committee
- National matters – developments and the continued Tri-Council collaboration of the MNO, Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MN-S)
- Presentations from leadership and board members on the MNO’s economic development structures and strategies
- A review of the MNO-Canada-Ontario Framework Agreement, Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation with the Northwestern Ontario Métis Community
- Updates from legal counsel on the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreement (MGRSA).
More information on the PCMNO meeting can be found here.
In Memory of Métis Veteran Alexander Boucher
The MNO would like to acknowledge the loss of the esteemed Métis Veteran, Alexander Sandy Boucher, who passed peacefully the morning of July 12, 2020. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. A celebration of life for Alex will be held in the future, and those who would like to make donations in his name are asked to contact the MNO Veterans Council.
2020 Virtual Annual General Assembly (AGA) Update:
After much research, the PCMNO has concluded that a Virtual AGA is possible, and passed a motion to move forward with digital platform “Data on the Spot” (DOTS). DOTS has industry experience with hosting online AGMs, and will allow for secure video conferencing, user participation and voting to occur on a single, integrated platform. The MNO is working to address potential barriers and training sessions will be held with staff and community in advance of the AGA.
MNO Mental Health and Addiction Services – 24hr Crisis Line
In response to input from the Métis community, the MNO is now offering a 24-hour Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line. For Métis culturally-specific mental health and addiction supports for adults, youth, and families in Ontario in both English and French please call: 1-877-767-7572. Once connected services can be delivered in person, over the phone, or by video conference.
For non-urgent matters or for help navigating mental health and addictions supports in your community contact our confidential support services line at 613-549-1674 xt.307 or toll-free at 1-800-263-4889. You can also access support services by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Métis Youth Opportunities
The Été Virtual Métis Cultural Camp will celebrate Métis history, traditional and contemporary way-of-life and culture. Programming will engage Métis youth in different workshops focusing on topics such as harvesting (on land and water), music, beading, finger-weaving and a campfire social. Access to technology and reliable internet is required to participate. The camp runs August 17 to 20 from 12:30-5PM each day. Apply here: https://metisnation.smapply.io/prog/mycc_ete_2020
The fourth annual Métis Youth Leadership Conference is open to youth 16-29 and will be held virtually through Zoom August 22-23, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration deadline is Friday, July 17 at 11PM. To register and learn more click here.
Upcoming PCMNO Meeting
The PCMNO will be concluding its orientation with the new administration with a meeting scheduled July 25-26, 2020. This final session will include discussions on the MNO Draft Code of Conduct; a report from the Captains of the Hunt (and incidental cabins); presentations from MNO Branches; an in-depth, section-by-section review of the MGRSA; and an update on MNO’s COVID-19 responses.