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Métis youth receives heritage award

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Compiled by Shari Narine







Métis youth Mélanie-Rose Frappier has received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award. The awards are presented annually to individuals, groups and communities that have made outstanding contributions to conserving Ontario’s heritage. Frappier is involved in a range of youth, community and cultural activities that led …cole secondaire du SacrÈ Cúur to nominate her for the Heritage Award in the Youth Achievement category. Frappier is proud of her francophone and Métis heritage and is the sole student representative for the Aboriginal Advisory Education Committee and was integral in creating the first Aboriginal Studies course to be offered in the French Catholic School Board. Last year, Frappier received the prestigious Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award, which recognizes the exceptional leadership, innovation and achievements of 20 young people under the age of 20 from across the country. She is a recipient of the National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and the Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Award both of which recognized her outstanding leadership qualities and her dedication to improving her community. Last fall she participated in the Aboriginal Youth Panel at Toronto WE Day where she shared her pride in her Métis heritage. In 2013, Frappier was chosen to be Youth Ambassador of Canada to the United States Embassy.