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It is with great sadness that I learned that we have lost Alma Adams, another great fighter for M¨¦tis rights.
Alma was part of a long line of M¨¦tis commercial fishing families that have lived and relied on Lake Nipigon for generations. ?Her family continues to live in well-known M¨¦tis settlement of McDiarmid today - living off the land through hunting, fishing and trapping.
Throughout her life, Alma proudly carried on her family's long and proud tradition of representing the M¨¦tis Nation and defending M¨¦tis rights. ?Her mother, MNO Senator Edith McLeod, was well-known for her "feistiness" and steadfast commitment to the M¨¦tis Nation during the MNO's early years. ?Alma's brother, Larry Desmeules, was the well-regarded President of the M¨¦tis Nation of Alberta for over a decade. ?Alma served as the Regional Councillor for Region 2 on the Provisional Council of MNO (PCMNO) during the MNO's early years. ?She was a strong M¨¦tis voice that never backed down and a role model for many. ?After serving on the PCMNO, Alma turned her attention to advancing M¨¦tis women's issues as well as continuing to push to ensure M¨¦tis commercial fishers received proper respect and recognition. ?Even while she was sick, Alma recently shared her vast knowledge and stories about the M¨¦tis around Lake Nipigon for a MNO traditional knowledge study.
On behalf of the MNO, I offer condolences to her husband Gerry, her children Melissa and Eli as well as her extended family. ?She will truly be missed by many, but her life, spirit and contributions to the M¨¦tis Nation will live on.
M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario