Yvon Dumont

W. Yvon Dumont, OM (born January 21, 1951) is a Manitoba politician and office-holder. In 1993, he became the first member of Manitoba's Métis community to be appointed as the province's 21st Lieutenant Governor. He was born in St. Laurent, Manitoba.

Yvon Dumont

21st Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
In office
March 5, 1993  March 2, 1999
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralRay Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
PremierGary Filmon
Preceded byGeorge Johnson
Succeeded byPeter Liba
President of the Métis National Council
In office
Succeeded byGerald Morin
Personal details
Born (1951-01-21) January 21, 1951
St. Laurent, Manitoba
Occupationsmall business owner, Community Organizer

He became involved in the Manitoba Metis Federation in 1967, and became its Director for the Interlake region in 1972. He was chosen Executive Vice-President of the Federation in 1973, and served as its President from 1984 to 1993.

Dumont was also a founding member of the Native Council of Canada in 1972, and served as President of the Métis National Council from 1988 to 1993. He has participated as a representative of the MMF at Canadian First Ministers' conference, and has been actively involved in constitutional debates concerning Canada's aboriginal and Métis peoples. Dumont has rejected the integration of Métis services into larger aboriginal institutions, expressing concern that Métis distinctiveness could be lost.

Dumont has also been a municipal councillor in St. Laurent, and was on the Board of Governors for the University of Manitoba. He received a Manitoba Metis Federation Award in 1993, and a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, now the Indspire Awards, in 1996.

Dumont's appointment as Lt. Governor of Manitoba coincided with a national reappraisal of Métis leader Louis Riel's role in the province's creation. Once regarded as a rebel and an outlaw, Riel has in recent years been accepted as a Father of Confederation for his role in establishing a provisional government in the Red River Colony. The appointment of Dumont as Lt. Governor undoubtedly reflected this changed perspective.

The position of Lt. Governor is largely ceremonial, and Dumont had very little influence over the Progressive Conservative government of Gary Filmon.

Dumont was appointed to the Order of Manitoba in 2001. He ran again for the leadership of the MMF in 2003, but was defeated by David Chartrand.


Coat of arms of Yvon Dumont
December 15, 1993
Issuant from a coronet of Red River cart wheels conjoined by infinity signs set on a rim Or an arm embowed proper habited Azure and holding a banner flying to the dexter Azure charged with an infinity sign Argent
Azure a Red River cart wheel supporting a coronet of alternating maple leaves and prairie crocus flowers set on a rim between four infinity signs three in chief one in base Or
Dexter a buffalo Or armed unguled and gorged with a rope tied thereto a Red River cart wheel Azure Sinister a stallion Or unguled and gorged with a coronet as in the Crest Azure
A grassy mound growing thereon prairie crocuses and prairie lilies proper
BRISER LES SOLITUDES (Breaking down solitudes)
The ribbon and insignia of a Companion of the Order of Canada.
DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country)


Order of precedence
Preceded by
Pearl McGonigal
as a former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Order of precedence in Manitoba
as a former Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Succeeded by
Gary Doer
as a former President of the Executive Council of Manitoba
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