John (Jack) Gordon Park – Commission Chair
Jack was born and raised into Military Life as his father served for 33 Years in the Canadian Armed Forces in various locations across Canada. His father served in the Second World War, Korean War, and the Cyprus Conflict.
Jack joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1976 and served in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Borden, Ontario, Edmonton, Alberta, Petawawa, and Ontario. Serving as a Supply Technician, it was uncommon to come right out of basic and trades training to be posted to the most prestigious Regiment in the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Airborne Regiment in Edmonton and Petawawa. Jack served for 3.5 years and finished his 5-year military Career in 1981 in Cold Lake, Alberta.
During his career he has travelled to such places as Bosnia-Herzegovina and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he earned his American Parachutist Wings with the 82nd Airborne Division. In 2012, Jack was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the National Metis Veteran’s Association.
Jack is currently the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, of the Manitoba Metis Federation Cabinet as well as the Chairman of Metis N4 Construction. Jack also sits as a Committee Member on the MMF Finance Committee, Committee Member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Member of the Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Louis Riel Capital Corporation and most recently appointed to the Metis Veterans Legacy Program Commission as the Chairman. Jack is very proud to be granted this position as he now rejoins his Retired Metis Military Comrades in ensuring that our Veterans get the much deserved and long overdue respect.
Jim Durocher is a Metis and Cree Elder. He is a nationally recognized authority regarding Metis rights and an experienced critic of political policies to ensure advancement of Metis peoples. As a fluent Cree and Michif speaker, he carries cores principles of Metis culture and traditional knowledge in his life work.
His political experiences first started as an elected official with the Association of Metis and Non-Status Indians that led to his election as the President of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan including an interim posting as President of the Metis National Council. Throughout this time, he was part of leading Canada to a position of acknowledgment of the importance of Metis people including the Constitution, Accords and Agreements with all levels of governments.
Jim currently serves as the President of the A La Baie Metis in Sakitawak territory, Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan.
Alex is a resident of Beauval, a small Metis community in Saskatchewan.
Alex served in the Infantry, and successfully completed several basic and advanced level courses within Canada, U.S.A., Australia, and Cyprus. He was then promoted on an advanced basis. Alex was a Corporal within 18 months, Master Corporal within 3 years, and Sergeant after 6 years. He earned the silver, golden, and diamond jubilee (United Nations Peacekeeping Award) twice, and Centennial Medals for his service. He also received the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation pin after he left the military.
He has trained soldiers in Wainwright, Alberta, and Officer Cadets in Gagetown, New Brunswick. Alex is a qualified Paratrooper with the Canadian and American Jump Wings and obtained his Ranger Tab.
Alex is a private consultant specializing in Aboriginal Business/Financial Planning and Development and has held the position as a First Nations Band Manager.
Harry Hope was born in Edmonton, Albert. He began his military career in 1953 where he was stationed in Calgary. He served in the Army in in the Queen’s Own Rifles in Seoul, South Korea.
Harry was proclaimed an Ambassador for Peace from the Republic of South Korea for his service in restoring and preserving freedom and democracy.
After his military career, Harry worked in telephone communications for 20 years. He has been involved in Metis Politics and sat as Chairmen of the board of the Kikino Metis Settlement. He resigned to work for the Provincial Government, responsible for all eight Metis Settlements of Alberta.
Harry has 5 children and 10 grandchildren. He now lives on a farm where he raises cattle and horses on the Metis Settlement Kikino in Lac La Biche, Alberta.