Participants and guests at the MNO Women¡¯s Council gathering prior
to the 2018 MNO Annual General Assembly in Peterborough in August.
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The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario Women's Council (MNO Women's Council)?is comprised of M¨¦tis women from Ontario who are committed to promoting women¡¯s issues and ?advocating on their behalf within the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) community. The MNO Women's Council also advises the PCMNO on matters pertaining to women and works with community councils, Aboriginal boards, government bodies and women¡¯s groups to assist M¨¦tis people with issues of concern specific to women. This work includes policy development and review, coordination, consultation and education. The main goal of the MNO Women's Council is to encourage the full participation of all women within the MNO in helping to build a strong and healthy nation.

The MNO Women's Council works with the Women of the M¨¦tis Nation.

Click here to view the MNO Women's Council Terms of Reference.

?Mission and Vision Statement [PDF]

The MNO Women¡¯s Council consists of the Spokesperson and nine regional representatives. The current Council consists of the following:

Sharon Cadeau - MNO Women's Council Spokesperson

Region 1 ¨C Colette Surovy

Region 2 ¨C Kelly Camacho

Region 3 ¨C Liliane Ethier

Region 4 ¨C June Smart

Region 5 ¨C Berni Picco

Region 6 ¨C Cora Bunn

Region 7 ¨C?Patricia Taylor?

Region 8 ¨C Pearl Gabona

Region 9 ¨C Suzanne Jackson


Sharon Cadeau -?MNO Women's Council Spokesperson

Sharon Cadeau has served as PCMNO Vice-Chair and spokesperson for the MNO Women's Council since 2008. She became actively involved in M¨¦tis politics in 1999 when she first learned of her M¨¦tis ancestry. She was Founding President of the Credit River M¨¦tis Council based in Brampton and has served as Regional Councillor for Region Eight. Her work on behalf of the MNO Women's Council is focused on securing the funding required to carry out the important advocacy and public awareness role of the Women¡¯s Council.

Sharon, whose M¨¦tis roots have been traced to Penetanguishene, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has lived in Germany, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Her contributions to the M¨¦tis community include work on several different boards and committees and she is committed to ensuring the voice of the M¨¦tis Nation is heard throughout the province. Sharon received the Ontario Heritage Trust Award in recognition of her work with Mississauga Heritage and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. She has also earned one of the highest honours that her community can bestow: two eagle feathers.

Colette Surovy - Region 1
Biography to come soon

Kelly Camacho -? Region 2
Biography to come soon

Marie Liliane Dupuis-Ethier - Region 3

Marie Liliane Dupuis-Ethier was born and raised in Haileybury, Ontario. She has celebrated 48 beautiful years with her husband George. She has three children and seven grandchildren and very proud of her family. Recently George and Liliane moved to the country and they are presently off the grid. They enjoy having their children as neighbours.

Liliane has served as President for the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Temiskaming M¨¦tis Council since 2008. She represents her council on the MNO Regional Consultation Committee. She was one of the founding members of the MNO TMCC in Haileybury when they had their grand opening in 2001.

She became actively involved with the women¡¯s issues when she directed the Breast Health for M¨¦tis Program in 2003. This program educated women on breast health and other women¡¯s ?issues. Her past employment involved family wellbeing. She was also a residential counsellor for battered women and facilitator for a women¡¯s group. She introduced a support program for women two years ago while teaching the ladies how to sew and bead.

Liliane holds a college certificate for Business Administration and she also has a Personal Care Worker (PSW) diploma. She started her own business in designing and sewing called Natural Threadz Designs.

Liliane is a Rights Bearing M¨¦tis and she traces her ancestors through the Abitibi Inland historic community. She loves fishing with her husband and enjoys camp fires. She devotes her time to educating her family and friends on M¨¦tis culture.

Marie Liliane Dupuis-Ethier est n¨¦e et a habit¨¦e ¨¤ Haileybury, Ontario. Elle a c¨¦l¨¦br¨¦e 48 belles ann¨¦es de marriage avec son ¨¦poux George. Liliane ¨¤ 3 enfants et 7 petits-enfants. Elle esttr¨¨sfi¨¨re de safamille.?R¨¦cemment George et Liliane ontd¨¦m¨¦nag¨¦sencampagne et ilsvivent hors r¨¦seau. Liliane aime beaucoup avoirses enfants commevoisins.

Liliane estpr¨¦sidente du Conseil Communautaire M¨¦tis de T¨¦miskamingdepuis 2008. Elle estl¡¯une des membresfondateurs du conseil ¨¤ Haileyburydepuis 2001 lors de leurouverture.?

Liliane s¡¯estactivementimpliqu¨¦edans les issus de femmes lorsqu¡¯elle a dirig¨¦e le programme de sant¨¦ des seins pour les femmes M¨¦tisseen 2003. Ce programme a ¨¦duqu¨¦ les femmes sur la sant¨¦ des seins et autressoucis.

Son emploiant¨¦rieurimpliquait le bien- ¨ºtre familial, conseill¨¨rer¨¦sidentiel pour les femmes battues et facilitatrice pour le groupef¨¦minin. Elle a pr¨¦sent¨¦e le programme de soutien aux femmes il y a 2 ans, enenseignant aux femmes comment coudre et perser.?

Liliane d¨¦tient un? dipl?med¡¯¨¦tudescoll¨¦gialesen administration des affaires et elle?poss¨¨de¨¦galement un dipl?me de soutient personnel (PSW). Elle a commenc¨¦sa proper enterprise a concevoir et a coudreappell¨¦ ¡°Natural Threadz Designs¡± et elle trace sesanc¨ºtresdans la communaut¨¦historique de l¡¯int¨¦rieur de l¡¯Abitibi. Elle adore p¨ºcher avec son mari et s'assoire aux feu de camps. Elle consacre son temps a ¨¦duquersafamille et ses? ami(e)s sur la culture des M¨¦tisses.?

June Smart - Region 4

June was born in Shilo Manitoba. Her grandparents were part of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) as are most of her family members. June proudly served in the Canadian Forces for thirty-six years and retired in 2010. During her military career she was posted to various bases in and out of Canada and when posted to Calgary, Alberta in 1991 she became a citizen of the M¨¦tis Nation of Alberta (MNA). In 1993 she was posted to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario and became a citizen of the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO). She has been serving on the MNO North Channel M¨¦tis Council as the Woman¡¯s Representative since April 2014. She was invited to attend the first M¨¦tis women¡¯s gathering that took place in advance of the Annual General Assembly in Kenora in August 2017. There she formed many friendships and gained valuable insight into the MNO. She is also a proud member of the MNO Veterans¡¯ Council and was awarded the Louis Riel medal and certificate in August 2015. She was selected and humbly accepted to serve on the MNO Women¡¯s Council for Region 4.

Berni Picco - Region 5
Biography to come soon

Cora Bunn - Region 6
Biography to come soon

Bonny Cann - Region 7
Biography to come soon

Pearl Gabona - Region 8
Contact e-mail:?เกมยิงปลาสุดยอดเกมทำเงินอันดับ 1pearlgabona@hotmail.com

Pearl is a retired Police Detective who only discovered her M¨¦tis ancestry in the past decade. Since then she has embraced her M¨¦tis culture and discovered many new family members.

Pearl and her husband of 39 years live in Bowmanville, Ontario. She was born in Peterborough and raised in Scarborough. Pearl worked as an elementary school teacher before turning to police work. As a detective she spent several years investigating physical and sexual assaults against women and children.

An avid reader and scrap booker Pearl and her husband winter in their RV in Florida.

Suzanne Jackson - Region 9
Contact e-mail: เกมยิงปลาสุดยอดเกมทำเงินอันดับ 1kands09@hotmail.com

Suzanne has served as Chair of the MNO Clear Waters M¨¦tis Council since 2013 after joining the Council in 2008.?

Eleven years ago, while working on family genealogy, she first became aware of her M¨¦tis lineage after identifying an ancestor shared with Louis Riel. Born and raised in Alberta, she was unknowingly steeped in the culture which was never identified by name. ?

Her Mam¨¨re's experiences in the Duck Lake Residential school solidify a great concern that the past be remembered.

Women and children's needs have always been a primary focus in a career spent primarily as a Labour and Delivery Doula with training in healing methods such as Bowen Therapy. ?She and her husband share seven children and 10 grandchildren between them.

A teacher at heart, ongoing outreach activities include school and women's groups' visits to further the knowledge of M¨¦tis history and traditions.

Immersion in the Aboriginal arts has taken her from beadwork, drum making, moose hair tufting, porcupine jewelry, etc., to where she is now learning the process of turning animal hides into useful items. ?Moccasin making came first, followed by brain tanning the hide. ?Next objective is a hunting licence and achieving a first animal harvest.?

Updated on: February 9, 2018.