CURRENT PRESIDENT GARY LIPINSKI OFFERS FULL SUPPORT
BARRIE, ON, March 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizen, Margaret Froh officially launched her campaign to become MNO President with the slogan of "Rights. Respect. Results." and a Campaign Team that includes Métis Elders, youth, men and women from throughout Ontario.
Froh, who lives in the traditional territory of the Georgian Bay Métis community with her spouse, is a Métis lawyer, educator and is currently the MNO's Associate Chief Operating Officer. She is the past President of the Indigenous Bar Association, has worked as in-house legal counsel for an Ontario First Nation and has taught on the subjects of Indigenous leadership and governance issues at the Banff Centre for almost a decade. Additional information about Margaret is available at www.margaretfroh.ca.
In explaining her reason for running in this MNO election Froh said, "This is a pivotal election and a very exciting time for Ontario Métis. We have several once-in-a-generation opportunities both provincially and federally in order to make progress on Métis rights, lands and self-government as well as improve the lives of Ontario Métis."
"I believe we can achieve the results we all want for Ontario Métis children, youth, families and communities if we continue to work together and build on the MNO's Statement of Prime Purpose. I hope I can earn the trust and votes of MNO citizens in order to be a part of the team that can make these aspirations become realities," added Froh.
As a part of the launch, current MNO President Gary Lipinski (who is retiring from Métis politics) offered his full support to Froh's candidacy. "Margaret has the temperament, leadership experience, extensive knowledge about all aspects of the MNO, and, most importantly, the integrity to keep the MNO's momentum going. With Margaret as President, we will be able to capitalize on the exciting opportunities before us. She has my vote on May 2nd," said President Lipinski.
Froh's Campaign Co-Chairs include the following MNO citizens: Todd Ross, Senator Verna Porter-Brunelle, Pearl Gabona, and Mitch Case. For a full listing of the Campaign Team and additional information on how MNO citizens can get involved in the campaign visit www.margaretfroh.ca.
Over the next month, Margaret will be visiting MNO citizens and Community Councils across the province. In addition, campaign policy announcements in the following areas will be released over the next few weeks:
- Métis Rights, Land Claims and Self-Government
- Strengthening Métis Self-Government and Supporting Community Councils
- Strengthening Our Nation-to-Nation Relationships
- Celebrating and Promoting Métis History, Culture and the Michif Language
- Keeping Citizens and Communities Connected and Informed
- Making Métis Youth a Priority
- Expanding Services Supporting Children, Youth & Families and Métis Specific Services in the Justice System
- Building a Stronger Métis Public Service
For updates and more information, please visit www.margaretfroh.ca regularly.
The MNO is the government of the Métis Nation within Ontario. The MNO's province-wide elections will be held on May 2nd, 2016 with results being released on May 12, 2016.
SOURCE Margaret Froh Campaign
For further information: Todd Ross, Campaign Co-Chair, Elect Margaret Froh Campaign, Phone: (416) 505-4740, Email: [email protected]