Daniel Gilbeau was appointed Deputy Chief of the Métis Nation of Canada (MNOC) by the MNOC Council on November 20th, 2022.
“I look forward to working with and supporting our Chief Karole Dumont and our board to continue to provide and improve services and programs for our Métis communities and citizens. My plans include meeting with government officials and look forward to visiting our Métis communities.”
Born and raised in Ottawa, Daniel has been working for the federal government for over 35 years. He started in Métis politics over 15 years ago with the Ottawa Regional Métis Council (Métis Nation of Ontario), where he served successively as Councillor, Director of Communications, Vice President/ Chair, and finally as President, until October 2012. Daniel has also been the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Circle at Shared Services Canada since 2013.
Daniel is one of the founding members of the Council of First Metis People of Canada (CFMPC – 2016) and remained when the CFMPC amalgamated with the Metis Nation of Canada in 2018. He served as Intergovernmental liaison, and leader of the Ottawa Metis Community. As Deputy Chief, he will continue working hard to ensure the wellbeing of our citizens.
Daniel’s Métis ancestry is rooted in both his mother's and father's sides. His ancestors are Métis, Algonquin, Ojibwe, French, English, Scottish, and Irish. His Métis ancestors came from the Fort Michilimackinac area around the Great Lakes, traveled along the St. Lawrence River, and the Ottawa River as well as in the Quebec regions of Trois Rivieres, Oka, St. André d’Argenteuil, and back down to the Mackinaw area as proud fur traders and voyageurs as well as translators.
Daniel is very proud of his Métis heritage and continues to learn the culture and the Michif language.