Oshawa Métis Heritage Celebration

Submitted by: MNO Veterans’ Council President Joseph Paquette

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MNO Veterans’ Council members: Chair Guy Mandeville, CD; and
President Joseph Paquette.

The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council is putting increased emphasis on communicating its message about the importance of veterans within the Métis Nation. In keeping with that emphasis, the MNO Veterans’ Council was well represented at the Oshawa Métis Heritage Celebration held in June 22-23, 2013. For the first time, the MNO Veterans’ Council had an information booth and promoted the MNO Veterans’ Book project.

The information booth helped raise awareness of the MNO veterans. Registration forms, Veterans’ Book project interview packages and various veterans’ resources were on hand. The 1,500 plus who attended the event were very interested in the MNO Veterans’ Council program.

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(Left to right): Chair Guy Mandeville, CD; President Joseph Paquette;
Treasurer Chris Plummer, CD; and Veterans’ Senator Dr. Alis
Kennedy, CD, OMC.

Pins donated by Veterans Affairs were handed out to all who visited. The veterans were asked to be part of the grand entry and post the flags of the day. At the end of the day, they again responded by properly retiring the flags. Although it rained for half the day, it did not deter the veterans from their duty.

The MNO Veterans’ Council offers a big thank you to all the veterans who participated.

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