Ontario Métis set to gather in Sudbury for 16th Annual General Assembly

    OTTAWA, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Métis from across Ontario are set to
descend on Sudbury for the Métis Nation of Ontario's (MNO) 16th Annual General
Assembly. The Assembly will include four days of business and cultural
    The Métis Nation of Ontario represents Métis people and communities
throughout the province through a unique governance system that includes
provincial and regionally elected Métis leaders as well as Community Councils.
The 2006 Census estimates there are approximately 73,000 Métis living in
Ontario, representing the second largest Métis population in Canada.
    "Our assemblies are an important part of Métis self-government in the
province," said MNO President Gary Lipinski. "They provide us with a chance to
conduct the business of our nation, while also providing an opportunity for
Métis in Ontario to come together to share in our distinct culture. They
remind us all that we truly are one nation, one people. I am looking forward
to a productive Assembly to guide the Métis Nation leadership over the next
    During the Annual General Assembly, Métis citizens will receive updates
on the activities of the Métis Nation over the past year. The citizens, in
turn, provide direction to the elected leadership between elections. This
year's Assembly will include a Métis Youth Forum and feature Métis song, dance
and crafts.
    Also on the agenda for the 2009 Assembly are significant announcements on
Métis education, the Ontario Government's New Relationship Fund and special
recognition of contributions by Métis to the province. Among the dignitaries
scheduled to attend are Clem Chartier, President of the Métis National
Council; the Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario; Angus
Toulouse, Regional Chief, Chiefs of Ontario, Clint Davis, President, Canadian
Council for Aboriginal Business.
    Sponsors of this year's Assembly include the Ontario Power Authority,
Nuclear Waste Management Organization (PlatinumSponsors); Northern Ontario
Heritage Fund, Hydro One, Canadian Hydro Development Inc. (Gold Sponsors);
Union Gas, Bruce Power, Greater City of Sudbury (Silver Sponsors) and our
Bronze Sponsors; MKI Travel, Vale Inco, Mike Tango Group, Royal Bank,
Prospectors Development Association of Canada, Lyreco, Mansfield Rodney
Printing, iDenticam.

    For more information on this year's Assembly visit our website at

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage, with an ancestral homeland that extends across Ontario,
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and into the Northwest
Territories and the northwestern United States. The Métis played an
instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their
culture, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow
Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in
communities from Ontario westward.

For further information:

For further information: Janet Leader, MNO Communications, (613)
859-7130 or janetl@metisnation.org

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