About Us

About The Council

The North Bay Métis Council is a Community Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario. Community Councils operate in accordance with MNO Charter Agreements, which give councils the mandate to govern, while ensuring accountability, transparency, and consistency.

The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique history, culture, language and territory that include waterways of Ontario, surrounds the Great Lakes and spans what was known as the historic Northwest.

The Métis Nation is comprised of descendants, of people born of relations between Indian women and European men. The initial offspring of these unions were of mixed ancestry. The genesis of a new Aboriginal people called the Métis resulted from subsequent intermarriage of these mixed ancestry individuals.

Distinct Métis settlements emerged as an outgrowth of the fur trade, along freighting waterways and watersheds. In Ontario, these settlements were part of larger regional communities, interconnected by the highly mobile lifestyle of the Métis, the fur trade network, seasonal rounds, extensive kinship connections and a shared collective history and identity.


The North Bay Métis Council exists to represent the local Métis Citizens through programs and services in conjunction with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO). The organization operates as a collaborated effort between the Community and Council incorporating traditional and cultural aspects while representing the needs of the people.


The North Bay Métis Council first began operations on Fraser Street, later moving to the Sibbitt Centre on Main Street and then to the current location on 101 Worthington Street East. The North Bay Métis Council is an organization focused on the needs of the citizens. It is a not-for-profit organization.

The 2015 Board of Directors:

Current President Marc Laurin
Secretary/Treasurer Denis Tremblay
Senator Marlene Greenwood
Past Presidents John Novack
Brian Cockburn
Mel Jamieson
Past Vice-Presidents Joe Savard
Mel Jamieson
Dan Shoultz
Past Senator James Laronde

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Anyone wishing to join our Council, please contact us


On February 25th 1994, the MNO was formed based on the efforts of many Council members in the North Bay Area. The North Bay Métis Council has been in operation since 1995. While it is not the first Council to receive its Charter, The North Bay Metis Council was the first to establish an office and received programs specifically involving training and housing.

Important Events & Programs


Program Inception

1995- Training Initiatives
1996- Métis Housing
1998- Long Term Care
2000- Healing & Wellness
2003- Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children
2009- Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding
2010- New Brand Identity Media Launch

Event Dates

1995 & 1997- 2 Annual Assembly’s
1998- Family Day in Mattawa
1999- Kanata Village at Heritage Festival in North Bay
2000- Jim Bow Day


The North Bay office, serves Region 5 which includes Mattawa in the East, West Nipissing in the West, North to Temiskaming and South to Novar. In this jurisdiction, the North Bay staff provides resources and support in the following programs:

Training Initiatives

• Employability Supports
• Training Grants
• Bursaries
• Resumes
• Job Creation
• Summer Student Placement
• Job Bank

Long Term Care

• Support for the elderly and chronically ill
• Caregiver Support/Respite
• Medical Transportations
• Security Calls
• Aboriginal Support

Community Wellness

• Community Advocate
• Crisis Intervention
• Cultural Promotion
• Wellness Planning
• Public Education
• Relationship Building
• Community Capacity Development

Aboriginal Healthy Babies/Healthy Children

• Home visits for young families
• Development screening
• Family skills
• Pregnancy support
• Parenting circles
• Child advocacy
• C.A.S. liaison

Tele-Medicine & Psychiatry

• Provincial network of video conference equipment
• Service agreement with Providence Community Care Centre in Kingston