INDEPENDENT, SELF-GOVERNED HISTORIC SAUGEEN MÉTIS
ELECT PRESIDENT JASON INDOE
by Pat McArthur
Newly acclaimed Historic Saugeen Métis (HSM) President Jason Indoe today expressed his congratulations to all members of the Community Council of the Historic Saugeen Métis who were acclaimed today in an announcement by HSM Chief Electoral Officer A. Burgess.
“I am extremely honoured to be elected by such a strong endorsement of the Métis of Historic Saugeen. I look forward to working with all members of the Community Council to establish our direction for this next term and to continue the momentum that former President McArthur has established. Without her very capable guidance and direction, I have no doubt we would not be where we are today. She has been an incredible leader” stated Indoe.
Indoe further stated “This next term, which officially begins June 3rdth, will be momentous for Historic Saugeen Métis. The community is recognized by, and has made significant progress with, all levels of government, and the new Council expects to move our agenda forward in the best interests of our people. I would like to offer personal congratulations to members of council with whom I have worked closely in the past, in particular Archie Indoe, Vice President, incumbent, and Patsy L. McArthur, Past President, and newly-elected Secretary Treasurer.”
05/06/2009 11:39 PM
President Indoe descends from the
well-known Saugeen Métis family of Joseph Longe and Christine Plante.
Jason has been employed at the Bruce Power Nuclear Plant for the last
six years, and is the designated Chief Steward and Health and Safety
Representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
for the entirety of the Bruce Power Nuclear site, including its
contractors. He began as a councillor when the Historic Saugeen Métis
became independent, and self-governing in 2008, and is clearly a strong
young leader with a long-range vision for Historic Saugeen Métis
families and the community.
President Indoe was an integral part of the HSM negotiating team when it signed the “first-of-its-kind” nuclear Bruce Power Protocol in March 2009, and was a team member when the Historic Saugeen Métis community fought for and recently won aboriginal recognition on the Bruce to Milton line project. He believes unity, strength and integrity will play an integral part in carrying the Historic Saugeen Community and its Métis citizens to their rightful place, in a very successful future.
The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture, language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland stretching across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the Northwest Territories, as well as the north western United States. Métis were instrumental in the development of Canada, and seek to share their culture, music, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in communities all across Canada.
Historic Saugeen Métis
204 High Street
Southampton, Ontario N0H 2L0
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