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Pearl is a strong Metis leader and an Elder in the Metis Nation of Ontario. Her Metis roots go back to Drummond Island in the early 1800’s. She first learned of her rich Metis heritage when she searched for her mother’s family. Since becoming a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario in 2006, Pearl has taken an active leadership role in the Metis community. She has been the Region 8 Women’s Representative since 2008 and has been part of the growth of the Women’s Council for over 12 years. In this capacity, Pearl has also been part of the Women of the Metis Nation, Les Femmes Michif Otipemsiwak (LFMO), and was part of the ‘She is Indigenous’ campaign in 2018.
Currently, Pearl is a councillor on the Oshawa Durham Region Metis Council and a member of the All Our Relations Drumming Circle. As well, she sits on the Durham Region Aboriginal Advisory Council (DRAAC) and is a member of the St Paul’s United Church Circle of Indigenous Friends and Advocates
Pearl is a member of the Restorative Justice Council for the Metis Nation of Ontario. This Council is instrumental in working with Indigenous people charged with and convicted of a criminal offence (generally non violent offences) with the intent of returning the offender to THEIR indigenous roots and values and avoiding punitive measures or incarceration.
Pearl is a retired police Detective having served for 30 years. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother to two young grandsons. She is actively instilling in her grandsons their Indigenous history.