Nominated by: Métis Nation of Ontario
Pearl Gabona is a proud Metis woman whose family originated in the Moon River area. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, as well as an elder in her Metis community. Pearl has a passion for working with those with special need. She has a young grandson with autism and childhood apraxia of speech and has provided respite for a young girl with fetal alcohol syndrome. Pearl is a retired police Detective who was a pioneer of Women in Law Enforcement. She has empathy for and experience working with child and adult victims of physical and sexual abuse. Pearl is presently serving her third term as a representative for women, on the Metis Nation of Ontario Women’s Council. In that role, Pearl is a resource, advisor and advocate for Metis women in Ontario. She has also participated in numerous conferences and seminars regarding Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Metis Women’s issues and is a strong advocate for Metis Women’s Rights.