- Programs and Services
MNO President Margaret Froh Founded in the early 1990¡¯s, by the will of Ontario M¨¦tis, the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) represents the collective aspirations, rights and interests of M¨¦tis people and communities throughout Ontario. The MNO has a democratic, province-wide governance structure. Every four years M¨¦tis citizens have the opportunity to choose their provincial and regional leadership, by voting in province-wide ballot box elections.
In addition, MNO Community Councils have been established throughout the province. They get their mandate to support local governance from the MNO through signed Community Charter agreements, and work collaboratively with the MNO and other Community Councils to represent the rights and interests of regional rights-bearing M¨¦tis communities throughout the province.
As the only recognized provincial M¨¦tis governance structure in Ontario, the MNO has advanced the M¨¦tis rights agenda through the precedent setting Powley case. The MNO has established bilateral and tripartite processes with the federal and provincial governments and in November, 2008 signed an MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement with the Government of Ontario. The MNO also has a negotiated accommodation agreement with the provincial government on M¨¦tis harvesting rights.
The MNO, through its province-wide infrastructure delivers a range of programs and services in the areas of health, labour market development, education and housing to Ontario M¨¦tis and other Indigenous people. More than 200 people work for the MNO in 30 offices throughout the province.