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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and PCMNO Executive Senator
Reta Gordon (right).
Submitted by Reta Gordon, PCMNO Executive Senator
During a meeting with the leaders of five national Aboriginal organizations, Provisional Council of the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Executive Senator Reta Gordon met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and caught the moment on camera.
On December 16, Trudeau met with Cl¨¦ment Chartier, President of the M¨¦tis National Council; Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; Dawn Harvard, President of the Native Women¡¯s Association of Canada; Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Dwight Dorey, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples. Their meeting focused on the best ways to implement the 94 recommendations found in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission¡¯s final report.
Senator Gordon had been asked to read the closing prayer for the meeting. Afterward, Trudeau approached her and thanked her for the prayer and posed for a picture.
¡°I thought how proud his father would be,¡± Senator Gordon shared in an interview. ¡°I felt that finally, good things will happen for Indigenous people¡I remember the past and now I look forward to the future.¡±
In their picture, Trudeau and Senator Gordon both wore beaded garments. The beading on Senator Gordon¡¯s jacket was done by PCMNO Youth Representative Mitch Case.
Published on: January 28, 2016See ALL news articles