Cassidy Caron never allowed to rule the Métis National Council (MNC) during one of the most important times in organizational history.
The 29-year-old, born in Rossland, British Columbia, did so on the eve of the recent multinational elections. Family roots are in the historic Metis community of Batoche, Saskatchewan, and St. Louis. – was taken to a hotel room in Saskatoon. She was told by a representative of a multinational corporation that she needed someone who could work for and with all Metis governments.
Caron decides to leave her name as a candidate. The next day she was promoted to the top position on behalf of Clement Chartier. This is the first change of top management in a multinational company in 18 years. She was also the first woman to be elected to this office.
“It was very exciting, of course a little overwhelming. It’s a big role,” Caron said. “Now is the time for that change.”
Caron is currently leading the MNC when Metis’ interests play a central role in the federal settlement agenda. She will also represent the Metis people in an audience with Pope Francis next month in Rome as the Vatican is being pressured to apologize for the boarding school.
Caron steers the organization in one of the most turbulent times. Tensions for those who can speak for identity and Metis shattered MNC. One of its central pillars, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF), resigned from a national agency earlier this year due to membership practices in the Metis State of Ontario.
President David Chartrand of the MMF was an interim national spokesman for the MNC just before the split. Chartrand said he had no plans to rejoin the MNC, but Caron said he would always welcome MMF.
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