The Women’s Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario gather in Toronto
(L-R) Jennifer Lord (MNO Manager of Strategic Initiatives), Cora Bunn (WSMNO Representative), Sharon Cadeau (WSMNO Spokesperson), Pearl Gabona (WSMNO Representative and Commissioner on the MNO Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government), Suzanne Jackson (WSMNO Representative), and Joan Riggs (Facilitator).
From October 22-23, 2016, the Women’s Secretariat of the Métis Nation of Ontario (WSMNO) gathered in Toronto for a meeting. The main objectives of the meeting were to discuss the governance structure and strategic plan of the WSMNO.
The meeting was facilitated by Joan Riggs—a founding partner of Catalyst Research and Communications. For 27 years, she has worked with the non-profit sector and all levels of government, to support their work in policy development, strategic planning, organizational development and in building partnerships and collaborations. She also has extensive experience working with Aboriginal organizations.
The first day of the meeting was spent discussing where the WSMNO fits into the structure and prime purpose of the MNO. WSMNO members explored their history, contextualized their work and brainstormed a vision for moving forward.
On day two, key opportunities were discussed, such as the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, as well as strategic directions for the first of their two-year strategic plan. The governance structure of Women’s Secretariat was also examined in thorough detail.
The opening and closing prayer was provided by Elder Pearl Gabona, WSMNO Representative and a Commissioner on the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Commission on Métis Rights and Self-Government.