Richard Cuddy
I was born in Toronto and raised in Northbrook, Ontario, a small town south of Bon Echo Provincial Park. I moved to the Peel Region in the mid 1980’s to apprentice as a High Voltage Powerlineman and I continue to work in the trade for Hydro One. I live in Oakville with my wife and three children who are being raised to recognize their Métis Heritage and Culture with honour and dignity. My goal is to achieve recognition and respect for Métis rights, identity and culture not just for the Credit River Area but for the Nation. If you have questions about self-identification, acquiring citizenship, any questions, comments or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact myself or Council.



Ray Bergie
Senator, Credit River Metis Council
Born: Toronto, ON
Grew up: Port Severn. ON
Attended De La Salle Hight School, Toronto. ON
Served in Royal Canadian Navy
Married with 4 Children, Grand Father of 12, Great Grand Father of 4 Sales Representative with RE/Max Realty Services Inc., Brampton. Real Estate experience 30 years



Joyce Tolles
I am a Mother of one, and have 2 step Children. I currently live in Brampton with my Husband. My traditional area is Georgian Bay. My passions are hunting, fishing, beading and baking. I enjoy being involved in and learning more about my Metis Culture & History.



Karen Derocher
I learned about my Metis heritage when my Mother showed me her childhood keepsakes which included a birchbark basket, deerskin baby moccasins, rattle and beaded necklace. A relative sent me a genealogy family tree which traced my relations from Denmark who migrated to the Orkney islands in Scotland and in 1765 joined the HBC to travel to Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Isle a la Crosse and Fort Qu’Appelle for fur trade expeditions. I have spent several years studying Metis and Cree/Ojibwe culture, history, spiritual beliefs and natural medicine. I have been a member of the Credit River Metis council since 2004 and currently serve as Women’s rep. on the council.



Talitha Tolles
My name is Talitha Tolles and I am the Youth Rep for the Council. I attended Cambrian College for Baking and Pastry Arts graduating with honors. I enjoy beading, baking and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to contact me at




Darlene Lent

Born in Toronto, raised in Brampton I am married with 2 sons and 1 granddaughter. For over 30 years I have enjoyed a business career. Currently semi-retired I am a Parks keeper maintaining 100 acres of Parkland and 22 Sports Fields. My passions include cottage life,gardening, Metis handcrafting, beading and making moccasins.By becoming involved with our Metis Council. I hope to learn more about our Heritage and Culture and share this information with other Citizens. I may be contacted at




Murray Berger

I was born and raised in Victoria Harbour Ontario. Moved to Toronto Ontario in 1966, married in 1967 and I served in the Armed Forces and as a Police Officer 18 years. I am a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario.. I’m now retired; I am a wood carver and nature photographer. I moved to Orangeville Ontario in 1968. Contact



David Neville

Born in Ottawa but raised in Moosenee, North Bay and Cold Lake, Alberta. Graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Political Science and Economics Worked for years in Capital Markets with posting to Tokyo, Frankfurt and Hong Kong. My wife and our two sons currently live in Oakville. My father grew on a banks of the Ottawa River and from him I learn to appreciate the gifts that Mother Earth has bestowed upon us. I am interested in the history of the First Nation and Metis peoples As a new Councillor I look forward to representing my fellow Metis Citizens. Email:



Jean-Marc Maheu- Councillor – Credit River Métis Council
Born and raised in Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.
Currently reside in Oakville, Ontario with my wife and three children. Did my studies In Health Education at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario, and currently employed by a Pharmaceutical Company based in Toronto. My Métis heritage stems from the Mackinac MI area. When the British forces were transferred to Drummond Island after the war of 1812, Interpreter Solomon and his family eventually accompanied the British Forces to Penetanguishene (Georgian Bay) region in 1828. My parents were born and raised in this area. I enjoy to fish, hunt and canoe. I look forward to representing the Métis Citizens of The Credit River Métis Council. Email: