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Ottawa (April 22, 2008) — Newly acclaimed Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski today expressed his congratulations to all members of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) which were acclaimed today in an announcement by MNO Chief Electoral Officer Lawrence Gladue and wished best of luck to all those candidates who are seeking office within the contested positions. “I am extremely honoured to be elected by such a strong endorsement of the Métis people across the province. I look forward to working with all members of the PCMNO and Community Councils to establish our direction for this next term and continue the momentum that former President Belcourt has established in the past 15 years.” stated Lipinski.
Lipinski further stated “This next term, which officially begins May 6th following the election of the contested positions, will be very exciting for the Métis of Ontario. With the recent announcement by the Provincial Government on establishing a Framework Agreement we can expect that the Métis Nation in Ontario will continue to move our agenda forward in the best interests of our people. I would like to offer personal congratulations to other members of the Executive who I have worked closely with in the past, France Picotte, newly elected Chair and Secretary Treasurer incumbent Tim Pile.”
President Lipinski started his political career as a councillor on the Sunset Country Métis Council Gary expressed his vision for Métis people within Ontario and gradually progressed through the political structure becoming Region 1 Councillor and in 1999 was elected as Chair of the Métis Nation of Ontario of which he held until this current election. In addition to the elected positions that Lipinski held, he also sits on various Provincial and National Committees representing the Métis People of Ontario and was an integral part of the battle for Métis Rights including the landmark Powley case concerning the right to hunt.
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centres around Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their culture, music, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in communities all across Canada.
For further information see the MNO Website at www.metisnation.org
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