Will Goodon has built a career with a combination of community service and
entrepreneurship. Tutored by his parents to look for opportunities in business, Will also seized the calling of working for the Metis Nation in the Metis Government in various
Partnering with his father, Will is currently a co-owner of both the Canadian Wilderness Inn in Boissevain and the Killarney Wilderness Inn
Will also continues to work for Metis Governments as a facilitator, consultant and assembly chair. His most recent work in 2017 was with the
Manitoba Metis Federation and the Metis Nation - Saskatchewan. In 2014, he served as Speaker for the MNBC Legislative Assembly and served as Chair for the Metis National Council General Assembly, as
well as Chair of the 2014 MMF Assembly in Winnipeg. In 2015, he chaired the MNC Metis Rights and Economic Development Conferences in Fort McMurray, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. He also chaired
MEDS III in Winnipeg as well as the ASETS conference in Vancouver.
Will had the honour of being the Chair of his local - the Cherry Creek Metis
Council - for several years, in addition to the Southwest Regional Metis Centre Board.
He grew up in the Southwest Region, in the Turtle Mountains and
was taught Metis heritage by his father, Irvin Goodon. The two of them still go out on the trapline and hunt for ducks and deer for food.
In 2004, Will was duck hunting in our region and was charged for
hunting waterfowl without a provincially issued license. Will asserted that his MMF Metis Harvester’s Card identified him as a Metis Citizen with hunting rights. The Province of Manitoba
took Will to court and in 2009 when the verdict was read by Judge Combs, Metis in Manitoba had their rights recognized at last.
Will also follows the local minor hockey scene and gymnastics meets with his son, Hunter, and daughter, Taylor who are active in competitive sports.
Will, along with his partner, Kelly, and children, Hunter and Taylor, live on an acreage south of Brandon, Manitoba.
Will was elected as a Provincial Board member representing the
Southwest Region on June 26, 2014.
On August 17, 2014, in Russell, Manitoba, President Chartrand appointed Will to the following
portfolios in the MMF Cabinet:
- Minister of Housing and Property Management
- Tripartite Self-Government Negotiations Committee - for Housing
- President's Executive Steering Committee
In addition, here is a sample of some of the events Will has chaired, organized or
Assiniboine Community College - Board of Governors (1993 – 1996)
Minimum Wage Review Board, Province of Manitoba, Employer Representative (1995)
Brandon Chamber of Commerce (1992 – 1995)
Canadian Federation of Independent Business (1992 – 1995)
Manitoba Métis Federation
Chair – Cherry Creek Metis Council (2003-2008)
Board – Southwest Regional Metis Centre (2004-2008)
United Nations Working Group – Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Draft) –
Métis Nation Representative (1999)
Organization of American States - American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Metis Nation Representative (2000-2001)
Chair - Manitoba Metis Federation Annual General Assembly (2003-2017)
Chair - Prairie Metis Leaders Forum – Saskatoon (2003)
Chair - Metis National Council General Assembly (2004-2014)
Co-Chair – Metis Nation Constitution Workshop Ottawa (2011)
Chair – MNBC Annual General Assembly (2013-2014)
Chair – MN-S Metis Nation Legislative Assembly (2013-2018)
Moderator – MMF Tripartite Self-Government Negotiations
Resolution 8 Workshop (2013)
Speaker – MNBC Legislative Assembly (2014)
Moderator – Federal Election debate Portage la Prairie (2015)
Co-Chair – National ASETS Conference Vancouver (2015)
Co-Chair – Metis Rights & Economic Development Symposium Fort McMurray,
Saskatoon, Winnipeg (2015)
Co-Chair – Metis Economic Development Symposium III (MEDSIII) Winnipeg (2015)
Chair – Ile a la Crosse Metis Rights & Ec Dev Conference South Bay (2015)
Co-Chair MNC Metis Nation Policy Forum Vancouver (2016)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP 23 -
Metis Nation Representative - Bonn, Germany - (2017)
Chair - Metis National Council Education Conference (2018)
Chair - Metis National Council Michif Language Conference (2018)
Chair - Metis National Council Health Conference (2018)
Speaker - Metis Nation - Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly (2018)