The 2016 elections drew a record number of MNO citizens on Thursday participating in the election of Métis leaders at the regional and provincial levels, with a 44.4% increase from the 2012 election in total ballots cast.
“I am deeply honoured and humbled to receive this mandate,” stated President-elect Froh. “So many MNO citizens – right across the province – made their voices heard in this election. I am especially inspired by the level of engagement of Métis youth throughout this election process.”
Margaret Froh is one of eight children born to Frank and Marie (Marchand) Froh. Growing up, Margaret spent her youth fishing and canoeing, and was active in air cadets and sports. She lives in Barrie, Ontario, which is within the traditional territory of the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Froh received her law degree from the University of Toronto, a career she decided to pursue after volunteering on the legal defence committee for Mary Pitawanakwat, an Ontario Ojibway-Potawatomi woman who was fighting discrimination within the federal public service.
Froh is a past President of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada (IBA), a national association of Métis, First Nation and Inuit lawyers, judges, law professors and law students; and is the current Chair of the IBA’s Law Student Scholarship Foundation. She taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and is faculty at the Banff Centre’s Lougheed Leadership Institute specializing in Indigenous governance.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer released the following statement on Thursday:
“On behalf of the Government of Ontario, we would like to extend our congratulations to Margaret Froh on her election as President of the Métis Nation of Ontario.
Margaret Froh has spent her career working on behalf of Métis people, with a particular focus on legal and justice issues. With the election results, the Métis Nation of Ontario has recognized her leadership, vision and commitment to strengthening Métis communities across the province.
The Métis Nation of Ontario and the Government of Ontario have accomplished much in recent years, including the renewal of the Framework Agreement that sets out how we will work together to improve the well-being of Métis children, families and communities, and the incorporation of the Métis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, 2015, which recognizes the Métis Nation of Ontario’s unique corporate structure within the existing provincial corporate law framework.
The Ontario government is committed to continuing to build a positive relationship with the Métis Nation of Ontario, and to working together in the spirit of mutual respect and collaboration. We look forward to working with Margaret Froh and wish her the best in this new role.” – CINEWS