About the Legacy Fund
On behalf of the Métis National Council, Minister David Chartrand has sought justice for our Second World War (WWII) Métis Veterans for almost two decades. Our Veterans who had all been forgotten were consistently at the forefront of the Minister’s agenda. After countless hours, meetings and negotiations, the Minister achieved success and an Agreement was signed between the Métis Nation and Canada on June 13, 2019.
During the Minister’s visits and consultations with our Métis Veterans throughout the homeland, the importance of an apology from Canada was expressed as the highest redemption by all of our Veterans. On September 10, 2019, Canada formally apologized for the neglect and unfair treatment of our Veterans during their service in WWII.
The Agreement recognizes the wrongs WWII Veterans experienced upon their return to Canada. Many of our Métis Veterans were systemically discriminated against by Veterans Affairs Canada. They did not receive the same supports, resources or benefits promised to them that were routinely given to other non-Métis Veterans, which included an economic foundation to re-build their lives upon returning home. As a result, the Métis Veterans Legacy Program (MVLP) was established and provides for qualified WWII Veterans to receive compensation for their pre- and post-war experiences.
- Veteran Paul Delorme – Malden, Essex UK (June 9, 2019)
- Veteran Clifford Swain – Comox, BC (July 15, 2019)
- Veteran Louis Roy – Beauval, SK (July 16, 2019)
- Veteran George McKay – Tisdale, SK (July 17, 2019)
- Veteran Alex Boucher – Britt, ON (August 17, 2019)
- Veteran Wilfred Rochon – Windsor, ON (August 18, 2019)
- Veteran Robert Campbell – The Pas, MB (August 25, 2019)
- Veteran Norman Goodon – Regina, SK (September 10, 2019)
- Veteran George Earl Watson – Vancouver, BC (October 29, 2019)
- Veteran Jim Boucher – Saskatoon, SK (October 30, 2019)
- Veteran “Alice” Marie Victoria Samuel (nee Petit) – Duck Lake, Saskatchewan (October 30, 2019)
- Veteran George Ricard – Ottawa, ON (November 8, 2019)
- Veteran Guy Lafreniere – Ottawa, ON (November 8, 2019)
- Veteran Joseph Gagnon – Port Hope, ON (November 9, 2019)
- Veteran Raymond Carriere – Burnaby, BC (February 10, 2020)
- Veteran Ernest Letendre – Burnaby, BC (February 10, 2020)
- Veteran Phyllis Eastcott – Rivers, Manitoba (February 28, 2020)
- Veteran Donald Linklater – Selkirk, Manitoba (March 24, 2020)
- Veteran Marie Knight – Saskatchewan (May 7, 2020)
- Veteran William (Bill) Hurteau, Sudbury, ON (June 2, 2020)
Métis Veterans Legacy Program
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The Métis National Council (MNC) is committed to keeping the memory of the achievements of Métis Veterans and their sacrifices alive for the Métis Nation and for all Canadians. The objective of the Commemorative Support Program (CSP) is to support the Métis Nation in meeting this responsibility by providing funding to individuals and organizations to undertake remembrance initiatives. The Métis Veterans Legacy Program recognizes the wrongs Second World War Veterans experienced upon their return to Canada. Many of our Métis Veterans were systemically discriminated against by Veterans Affairs Canada. They did not receive the same supports, resources or benefits promised to them that their non-Métis comrades enjoyed. The Program provides for qualified Second World War Veterans to receive compensation for their pre and post-war experiences.
The Program has two objectives:
- To honour, through individual Recognition Payments, Second World War Métis Veteran’s pre- and post-war experiences that may have negatively impacted their demobilization success; and
- To support commemorative initiatives through the Commemoration Program that promotes awareness and appreciation of our Métis Veterans’ sacrifices and contributions throughout the Métis Nation and all of Canada.