Boshcoff meets with local Métis

Federal Liberal candidate Ken Boshcoff paid a visit to the Sunset Country Métis office here last Thursday, only days before both the federal election call and Aboriginal Awareness Week.
“As former mayor Thunder Bay and president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, I’ve been building lots of bridges of communication to learn the issues and see where I can help,” Boshcoff said.
“The more I get educated, the more I can do things to help,” he added.
On hand to welcome Boshcoff were Gary Lipinski, chair of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Lou Gill, Métis Nation of Ontario senator, Lute Calder, president of the Sunset Country Métis, and Brent Calder, president of Métis Ventures Inc.
“I’ve known Ken for a number of years,” Lipinski said, adding he’s been seeking input from various aboriginal communities throughout his political career.
“We’re quite happy Ken’s been on board to get to know the Métis people and the Métis nation,” he noted. “He’s quite willing to hear our concerns and our issues.”
Calder said it is significant that a potential federal MP was willing to pay a visit to the Sunset Country Métis, which represents about 500 people in the area.
“For him to come to our community, it’s good for us to voice our concerns,” Calder said. “He’s the only [potential] MP who’s extended his hand.”
Aboriginal Awareness Week runs May 25-28.