Dr. G C Monture , Officer of the Order of Canada and the Order of the British Empire , defender of Indian rights , a member of the reserve forces , and world-renowned expert in mineral economics , has traveled many trails leading in its 77 years .

Monture was a Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve near Hagersville , Ontario. He was a descendant of Joseph Brant and like his ancestor , he was involved in an international conflict - twice.

When World War I broke out, Monture was studying mining and metallurgy at Queen 's University in Kingston , Ontario. At the end of 1917, he interrupted his studies to enlist and became a gunner in the Royal Canadian Artillery Corps. A few months later , he was transferred to the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers and was appointed lieutenant. He crossed overseas in July 1918. The lieutenant did not experience combat on the battlefield , however, illness forced him to stay in England after the war ended in November. He returned to Canada in the month of July.

Monture returned to school at Queen's and in 1921 he obtained a degree in mining engineering. Two years later , he accepted a position in Ottawa at the Department of Mines and Resources. He worked 33 years for the department and was head of the Mineral Resources Division of the Department of Mines and Geology .

In 1933 , the official 38 -year-old joined the militia and served for five years as a lieutenant in a company of ammunition and supplies NCE . It seemed natural that serve in the active army to the outbreak of World War II. However, a hand injury suffered in a mining accident some years ago prevented him from being accepted for overseas service , which the much chagrined .

Ultimately , this loss was for the army to the advantage of the Allied Forces. In early 1944 , Monture was named Canada's executive assistant to the Joint Commission (Canadian - American -British ) production and resources.

In 1946 , for his contribution to the Commission , Monture Gilbert was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) . However, his reputation as a strategic planner for minerals was only beginning . Monture participated in the development of similar plans for the Korean War and in peacetime , for the Treaty Organisation (NATO ) . He also served on numerous international committees on economic and mineral issues as Canadian representative to the Commonwealth and the United Nations.

Monture died in 1973. Throughout his life, he devoted himself to many causes. For example, while he was at Queen's University, he helped organize the first employment service for students in Canada. In recognition of his achievements, SixNations made him honorary chief mining engineer and named this 183 centimeters [ 6 feet ] Ohstosera KO : wa - Big Plume. In addition, Monture received an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Western Ontario. In 1966, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada awarded him the Vanier Medal . The following year he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Monture is also in the Hall of Fame Indians.
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