She was the first female chief of her First Nation. Now the Anishinabek elder is an Order of Canada appointee
, 2023-01-03 13:01:49,
Community has always been the top priority for Yvonne “Bonnie” Bressette. The 84-year-old Anishinabek elder has worked tirelessly in bettering life for her fellow members of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in southwestern Ontario.
Her longstanding work is now being recognized by the federal government, who appointed her as one of 99 members to be honoured in 2022’s Order of Canada for her transformational leadership and guidance as a long-serving member of the First Nation’s Band Council.
“I’m honoured to be accepting it on behalf of all people in our community that I worked with because I didn’t do it alone,” she said. “I’m just so happy to be working for my community.”
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest honours. It recognizes people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to the nation. The appointments were announced by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon on Dec. 29 .
Bressette’s extensive resume includes serving a two-year term as the First Nation’s first female chief in the 1980s, after which she remained a council member for 42 years before her retirement. Prior to this, she owned a restaurant which drew plenty of visitors from surrounding cities.
She’s also had a significant role in developing the community’s first-ever plaza and grocery store and launching a…
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