The Manitoba Metis Federation sent fourteen very important questions to the provincial political parties regarding important Métis issues. We asked all parties to provide a response by March 18, 2016.

You can read the question we presented and the provincial political response by clicking the question you wish to see below. 

Under each question we have listed each provincial party response. Please note the provincial parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement or preference for any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 1: Committed Relationship

The Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community is the largest community of Indigenous People in Manitoba. The Métis are the Founders of Manitoba and Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation. The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the democratically-elected self-government representative of the Manitoba Métis Community and provides responsible, accountable governance using the constitutional authorities delegated by its Citizens.

Will your government commit to a government-to-government relationship with the Manitoba Metis Federation and how would that relationship be structured?

Our vision is one of a clean, open government that works alongside Métis people and all Manitobans, not above them. Our vision is of a government that is ambitious and enthusiastic about Manitoba’s future, we are committed to working in concert with Manitobans to develop the full potential of our great province.

We recognize that the Métis people of Manitoba have rights and that those rights are constitutionally enshrined. As Progressive Conservatives we are committed to respecting Métis rights and will welcome the Manitoba Métis Federation to the table when issues impacting Métis people are being discussed.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

First and foremost the Manitoba Liberals will officially recognize Louis Riel as the first premier of Manitoba. The Manitoba Liberal party will recognize the MMF as the governing body for the Metis nation in Manitoba.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba NDP has taken the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action as a guide for action. We have brought forward a number of changes to the education system based on those recommendations including ensuring that the history of the residential school system and its intergenerational effects are taught to students in this province. As demonstrated by the introduction and passing of Bill 18- the Path to Reconciliation Act, Manitoba's NDP are committed to fundamentally changing the relationship with Indigenous peoples and government. This renewed relationship will be guided by the principles of respect, engagement, understanding and reconciliation.

As part of reconciliation we unveiled a portrait of Louis Riel the founder of Manitoba in the legislative assembly Premiers' Gallery with senior officials and members of the Manitoba Metis Federation in attendance. In a speech later that day Minister Robinson spoke of the only government wide Metis policy in the country, the past negative treatment of Metis people by governments and the plans for a commemoration of Roostertown a Metis settlement in Winnipeg whose history had been erased and largely denied when the community was bulldozed in the early 1960s.

We value the relationship we have with the MMF and are committed to working with the MMF on a government to government basis. The newly passed Path to Reconciliation law mandates the provincial government establish a nation to nation relationship with Indigenous peoples.

The Manitoba NDP also understands that the existence of Metis Nation is historically grounded and the Metis Nation has distinct traditions and practices of self-government.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 2: Landclaims

In March 2013, after 32 years of legal battles, the Supreme Court of Canada vindicated our 143-year-old struggle for justice. As the representative of Manitoba’s Métis Community, the MMF objective is to enter negotiations with Canada to reach a land claims agreement that will address this outstanding constitutional grievance. As the Supreme Court wrote: “The unfinished business of reconciliation of the Metis people with Canadian sovereignty is a matter of national and constitutional import.”

Upon an invitation from the MMF, will your government commit to come to the negotiating table and take all necessary actions to address those matters within Section 92 of the Constitution Act 1867 regarding provincial jurisdiction, and what steps will your government take to reach agreement on these matters?

Above all, we will be a values based, principled government, focused on returning trust and integrity to government. This includes a commitment to establish higher standards for transparency, accountability and ethics. We will consult openly and honestly with the Manitoba Métis Federation on any issue impacting the Métis community, including issues surrounding property rights for Métis Manitobans.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberal Party will enter into any ongoing discussions that the MMF and our federal counterparts are having to resolve these outstanding disputes. We are committed to being a positive participant in taking steps towards reconciliation with Metis Nation.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Senior officials of our government have met with Mr. Tom Isaac who has been charged with putting forward recommendations to the Federal government on the court decision. We have been very encouraged by his thoroughness and commitment to listen and work with all relevant parties across the country. We look forward to his report which we are confident will provide important recommendations for moving forward.

We are committed to addressing the unfinished business of reconciliation of Metis people with governments and will assign senior officials to begin negotiations following the release of the report by, Mr. Tom Isaac which is expected in the next few weeks.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 3: Healthcare

The 2010 report Profile of Metis Health Status and Healthcare Utilization in Manitoba gave evidence that chronic disease conditions, prescription drug use, and mortality rates are higher in the Métis population compared to all other Manitobans. For example 21% are more likely to die prematurely and are more likely to have chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis than all other Manitobans. Despite this, the provincial government has no clear healthcare policies and strategies to deal with the alarming status of Métis health.

How will your government address this healthcare crisis and work with the Manitoba Metis Federation, and what will it do to develop and implement a Métis healthcare strategy that recognizes the unique health needs of the Manitoba Métis Community?

Manitobans are compassionate people and want a government that is a partner in providing care. Today, after seventeen years of neglecting the priorities that matter to Manitobans we lead the country in issues and problems that profoundly impact many Manitobans, including members of Manitoba’s Métis community. Wait times for emergency care are the longest in Canada, we have more doctors leaving Manitoba than any other province and we have the highest ambulance fees in Canada.

We will address the crisis in our healthcare system by reducing the cost of ambulance fees, establishing a physician recruitment and retention initiative and reducing wait times for emergency room services by forming a dedicated wait times reduction task force.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are committed to better health for all Manitobans. We will work proactively with the MMF to develop strategies that create a more positive health outcome for Metis People.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The report you reference provides startling evidence on the health disparities and challenges faced by the Metis people.

This crisis needs to be addressed together. A re-elected NDP will work with the MMF to explore integration of Metis practices in services, identify sources of the problem and barriers to care, move beyond exclusive reliance on western models of care and develop a Metis health care strategy that effectively addresses the unique needs of the Manitoba Metis community.

Brian Pallister and the Conservatives have a plan of cuts that would damage health care in our province. The last time Pallister was in government he oversaw layoffs of over 700 nurses as doctors left our province. The Manitoba Liberals plans of privatization and corporate tax giveaways just don't make sense. One of the best ways to improve health outcomes is by fighting poverty. Only the NDP has laid out a solid plan to address poverty by adding 12,000 child care spots, building more social and affordable housing, raising the minimum wage each year and making food more affordable in the north through Northern Healthy Foods Initiative that has helped develop 1,000 small gardens in the North, promoted harvesting and preservation of traditional foods and AFFIRM which has reduced the price of nutritious foods in several remote communities with the Metis residents.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 4: Residential Schools

The recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report states, “not all Survivors of residential school abuse were included in the Settlement Agreement. For example, day school students” many of whom were Métis. Call to Action 29 of this report calls upon all parties to resolve this outstanding issue. The Métis were largely excluded from TRC process and recommendations and the reason given was because their experience was primarily through unrecognized resident schools or through day schools, yet the Métis faced the same assimilation policies, cultural genocide, and horrific experiences as other survivors.

What will your government do to recognize the Métis school experience and bring about reconciliation and healing for the harm done to the Métis in the Residential and Day Schools which fell under provincial jurisdiction and responsibility?

Manitoba is the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally set out the government’s commitment to advancing reconciliation and healing for the harm done by residential schools. Manitoba has adopted the Path to Reconciliation Act– a formal commitment on the part of government to advancing reconciliation, this includes a commitment to annually report progress on the path to reconciliation.

We would be prepared to engage with the Manitoba Métis Federation in order to determine how to best engage Métis Manitobans in the process of reconciliation, recognizing that there was harm done to Métis Manitobans in Residential and Day Schools.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are committed to reconciliation and healing caused by the impacts of the Residential and ‘day school’ experiences for Metis people. We are committed to reconciliation for all affected groups and will enter into discussions with the MMF to begin the journey of healing between the people of the Metis Nation and the government of Manitoba.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

We were the first jurisdiction in Canada to formally set out government's commitment to advancing reconciliation and healing for harm caused by residential schools. The Manitoba NDP recognizes that not all claims to harm were part of the TRC official mandate and we accept and acknowledge that more work needs to be done with the MMF to understand and expedite reconciliation for the harms caused by day schools.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 5: Partnerships & Agreements

First Nations have been made equity partners for hydroelectric infrastructure such as Keeyask and Wuskatim with the reasoning that these projects impact First Nation Rights and cross First Nation Territories, despite these and other projects impacting Métis Rights and crossing Métis Nation Territory.

Will your Government direct and facilitate similar equity partnerships and revenue agreements between the MMF and Manitoba Hydro on Hydro infrastructure – for example with Keeyask, Wuskatim, Bipole III, the MB-Minnesota Transmission and Birtle-Saskatchewan Transmission projects – as these also impact Manitoba Métis land and settlements?

More than ever, we need a new government based on Manitoba values, a government that reflects those values in everything it does. One of those values is partnership, we value working together with all Manitobans as we strive to build a better Manitoba.

We are committed to working cooperatively and to keeping our word. Manitobans know that the NDP has repeatedly broken its promises and refused to keep its word. Seventeen years of NDP waste and mismanagement has resulted in the doubling of Manitoba’s debt and the first downgrade in Manitoba’s credit rating in three decades. We will work with all Manitobans including the Manitoba Métis Federation and will keep our word.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are committed to a more transparent and publicly responsible Manitoba Hydro. As part of that process of restoring public trust in Manitoba hydro, we will meet with stakeholders to work through grievances. This would include those of the Metis Nation. The Manitoba Liberals are committed to working with the Metis Nation to ensure an equitable share in future projects.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

At the September 2014 annual Assembly of the MMF Minister Robinson and then Hydro President Scot Thomson signed the $20 million Turning the Page Agreement which is an historic recognition of the rights of the Metis peoples of Manitoba and a path forward on ensuring that Metis people obtain fair treatment and employment opportunities on new hydro projects.

The NDP will continue to honour this commitment and work with your organization to ensure the Manitoba Metis shares in the economic benefits of new projects.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 6: Manitoba Lake Fisheries

Many Métis, their families, and neighbours, rely on commercial fishing for income and employment. A recent SeaChoice report highlighted mismanagement of Manitoba Lake fisheries while the Freshwater Fish Marketing Board has failed in promoting, marketing, and building a profitable and sustainable fishery beyond our borders. Both of these issues impact the Manitoba Métis fishers. Click here to view the Seachoice Report.

What will be your government’s fisheries development strategy to assist Métis fishers who rely on the commercial lake fishery and how will you partner with the MMF for the strategy including promoting and marketing for a profitable and sustainable fishery?

We have heard many concerns related to the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC), many marketing opportunities, both domestic and international, are available to Manitoba fishers, but because of the controls and restrictions imposed by the FFMC, local fishers are denied market access.

We are committed to increasing market access and the development of an appropriate pricing model for fishers. Increased access and fair pricing will ultimately enhance the income of fishers and, grow Manitoba’s economy. We are committed to working with the Manitoba Métis Federation and all freshwater fishers in advocating for freedom to make their own, individual marketing decisions.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals recognize the importance of the fishery and will work to protect it as a critical part of the fabric of fishing communities. We will work to improve markets for Manitoba fishery product and will work to protect the fishery. As part of our strategy we will have a dedicated cabinet post to the protection of Lake Winnipeg and its critical role in our provinces future.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Fishers across the country face challenges in terms of declining fish stocks and low incomes. The Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC) needs to do a much better job of promoting, marketing and building a more profitable and sustainable fishery. We will work with the MMF and the federal government to address those challenges.

In our view FFMC should allow more pilot licenses and should be doing much more to market rough fish. We continue to support remote fishers with fish freight subsidies and brought in a fishers helpers program which has been useful for many small fishers. We have pledged to study the state of the Lake Winnipeg fishery and take proactive efforts to protect the stock.

Unlike Alberta and other jurisdictions we are not going to end commercial fishing in favour of sport fishing. We will work together to ensure our fisheries can meet the increasing demand to be eco certified. Metis fishers form a very large percentage of commercial fishers in this province and we value their views and recommendations for moving forward.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 7: Traditional Economic Industries

Approximately half of the Manitoba Métis population live in rural areas and their settlements rely on, in addition to fisheries, the traditional Métis commercial economies of forestry, trapping, and mining. Unfortunately, these industries are declining and in some areas collapsing and many Métis face loss of business and unemployment.

With these traditional economy challenges, will your government work with the MMF to develop and implement a Métis-specific strategy for redeveloping these traditional economies and industries and what will it look like?

Our plan to help communities facing economic challenges is focused on sustainable development and growing economies by creating jobs and promoting economic opportunities. Ensuring that Manitobans are employed will reinvigorate traditional economies and communities and stop the exodus of Manitobans from rural and northern communities.

Additionally, we are committed to promoting strategic economic development in Manitoba’s north by adopting a model similar to the approach used by economic development Winnipeg to enhance strategic economic development and tourism in Northern Manitoba. We are committed to working in partnership with the Manitoba Métis Federation to promote Métis-specific industries.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals have committed to fulfilling the current commitment of $20 million for Metis Economic Development. We will use this as a starting point to expand the conversation to identify the opportunities for diversity in each community. We believe there is no ‘silver bullet’ solution to rural economic challenges but we are committed to working with the MMF on a strategy to find new economic solutions for communities.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

A re-elected NDP government is committed to partner with the MMF to develop a Metis specific strategy for resource and traditional commercial opportunities. Recently the NDP eliminated royalties on trapping and has committed to resource revenue sharing on new mines. A re-elected NDP government would expand revenue sharing with Indigenous peoples to forestry and we would commit to a further $10 million for the Metis Economic Development Fund as this partnership with the Manitoba Metis Federation has proved very successful.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 8: Procurement

The Manitoba Aboriginal Procurement Initiative (API) is intended to assist Aboriginal business and develop communities, including Manitoba Métis business and community, by providing access to economic opportunities and partnerships between the province, and the Métis, industry and the private sector. Métis business owners have expressed disappointment and face exclusions from procurement processes.

With significant federal and provincial investment being promised for infrastructure, what will your government do to ensure there are set asides for Métis businesses and ensure the procurement process benefits Métis businesses and community?

We are committed to prudent financial management and to getting the best value for taxpayer dollars. We want a government that leads in results and not waste, as the NDP does. We are committed to modernizing government contract tendering procedures by reducing barriers to participation. Reduced barriers to participation will allow Métis people and all Manitobans increased ability to participate in public sector contracting opportunities.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

This is a critical part of the economic solution for Metis Business and communities. A liberal government will work with the MMF to ensure access and fairness in securing business for Metis Owned business through the API.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The NDP will revisit the Manitoba Aboriginal Procurement Initiative API to ensure that it better represents the number and variety of Metis entrepreneurs in this province. In the legislative session last fall we brought forward legislation to allow the Communities Economic Development Fund (CEDF) to provide loans to Metis entrepreneurs in Winnipeg. This legislation was drafted so that CEDF could partner on loans with the Metis Economic Development Fund and the Louis Riel Capital Corporation when they are unable to provide enough capital for projects on their own.

By regulation we were proposing that CEDF would not directly compete with either of those funds in Winnipeg. Regrettably the legislation brought forward last fall was blocked from passage by the Conservatives. A re-elected NDP will make sure these important initiatives move forward.

We will also examine the potential for set asides on provincial infrastructure similar to the very successful Aboriginal Set Asides for the Floodway project. The vast majority of Set Asides for that project went to Metis entrepreneurs.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 9: Economic Development

A commitment was made by the provincial government to invest $20M in the Metis Economic Development Fund (MEDF) to bring it on par with First Nations funding. To date almost $10 million has been provided – there is still another $10 million outstanding.

What will your government do to bring the Metis Economic Development Fund to the same level as First Nations funding and what investment will your government make to ensure the continued long-term success of this fund?

The Province of Manitoba faces serious fiscal challenges due to the rapid growth of government deficits and debt since 2009. If elected, a Progressive Conservative Government would initiate a government wide value for money audit that will provide an independent assessment of government spending and develop a performance and accountability framework that will result in better value for money.

Fiscal discipline, smarter spending and good fiscal management will allow government to better allocate resources to the priorities that matter to Manitobans, including supporting economic development initiatives.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

We have not yet recieved a response from the Manitoba Liberal Party regarding this question.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Metis Economic Development Fund (MEDF) has been a major success story. A re­ elected NDP government is committed to a further $10 million funding for MEDF. We continue to work with the Fund and as noted previously want CEDF to be able to work with MEDF in Winnipeg and elsewhere on sharing loans when necessary.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

Information presented has been provided by each Provincial Party Leader unless indicated otherwise. Political parties have been presented in alphabetical order. The order in no way indicates an endorsement of any political party, leader or candidate. Content has been provided for informational purposes only.

Question 10: Métis Harvesting

At the 2015 Annual General Assembly of the Manitoba Metis Federation, an MOU was signed indicating concrete steps to be taken to further expand traditional Métis harvesting rights outside the 2012 Harvesting Zone, and recognize Metis Harvesting Laws.

What steps will your government take to further recognize traditional Métis harvesting areas beyond the current Harvesting Zone including those of Cranberry Portage/Grass River and Manigotagan area, and how will you work with the MMF to recognize MMF Harvesting Laws?

After years of cuts to conservation budgets, tens of millions of dollars have been diverted to general revenues rather than conservation efforts. As a result, conservation planning is in need of serious renewal. Whether it comes to monitoring and enforcement or simply conducting regular and extensive game and fish population surveys and studies, more can and must be done to ensure the sustainability of these important natural resources.

A Progressive Conservative Government is committed to the long term sustainability of Manitoba’s game and fish populations and will reverse the $20 million funding cuts to the department of conservation. We are committed to an inclusive approach that incorporates the Métis community in addressing the shortcomings in conservation because of years of waste and mismanagement that has resulted in less for the services that Manitobans count on, such as promoting conservation efforts.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

We will work with the MMF on a nation to nation basis to begin negotiating the expansion of harvesting zones and to recognize MMF harvesting Laws.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The province recently signed an MOU with the MMF on harvesting. Following up on that agreement we are prepared to begin negotiations on further expansions of the harvesting zone. Sustainable harvesting is a priority of ourselves and the MMF and we are confident that we can negotiate an agreement on recognizing Metis Harvesting Laws equivalent to provincial laws while enshrining the Metis laws on the hunt.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 11: Duty to Consult

Following the 2007 Resolution No.8 from its Annual General Assembly, the Manitoba Metis Federation developed a Framework and Policy for the Manitoba Métis Community’s required process for proponent engagement and Crown consultation in resource development.

What will your government do to ensure proponents undertaking major resource development in Manitoba will engage and partner with the MMF in economic development opportunities while also ensuring the Crown undertakes its constitutional obligation to fully, properly, and meaningfully consult with the MMF?

The Progressive Conservative Party recognizes the Crown’s unique relationship with Aboriginal peoples and understands that the duty to consult stems from a proper recognition of this relationship.

We are committed to establishing a duty to consult framework that includes a structure to consult First Nations and Métis communities, sets out obligations, responsibilities and timeframes. We are further committed to exploring a resource revenue sharing framework that recognizes that in order for Manitoba to develop its resources, we must negotiate reasonable resource revenue sharing agreements.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals recognize the duty to consult. Furthermore, we are committed to a new provincial partnership with the Metis Nation - one that begins with recognizing the Metis Nation and consulting with its governing body, the MMF.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

We will uphold our obligations regarding consultations on developments and will work with proponents regarding their engagement with Indigenous peoples including the Metis and the MMF in economic development. Where appropriate we are committed to community benefit agreements on large infrastructure projects to ensure local communities benefit with training and jobs on these important projects. The Conservatives and Manitoba Liberals will cut investments in infrastructure which will hurt economic development and result in thousands of less in job creation. The Conservatives have repeatedly called for cancelling all hydro projects.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 12: Education - Bursaries/Scholarships

Métis families are led by hardworking citizens whose find themselves in traditional economies that are collapsing and, along with other economic setbacks, are trying to find the ways and means to ensure their children can go to college and university. The Manitoba Metis Federation has created the Louis Riel Endowment Fund to assist Métis Youth to attain their educational goals and meet their career aspirations.

Working with the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Louis Riel Endowment Fund, is your government prepared to set aside Métis-specific bursaries and scholarships that directly benefit and help provide for the success of Métis youth?

All Manitobans deserve the opportunity to learn, advance, contribute and benefit from the opportunities provided by a prosperous Manitoba. Education means providing new learning opportunities for Manitobans and those facing barriers to educational participation must have supports made available to them. We are committed to addressing barriers to educational opportunities and economic participation.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals have committed to turn the provincial portion of the student loan into grants. This represents a tremendous reduction in the cost of post secondary education for all Manitobans. We will work with the MMF to identify specific bursary opportunities and will support post secondary bursaries for members of the Metis Nation.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

During this campaign we have made a major commitment to reduce costs for post­ secondary students. The Manitoba NDP is the only political party in Manitoba that has committed to keep tuition affordable and take new steps to ensure more students are able to access bursaries and scholarships. Under Brian Pallister tuition fees skyrocketed. He did it before and he will do it again. The NDP has promised to turn the student loan program from loans to grants for Manitoba students that qualify. The NDP would work with the MMF to set aside a Metis specific bursary that would benefit and help the success of Metis youth.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 13: Resolution No.8

Following the 2007 Resolution No.8 from its Annual General Assembly, the Manitoba Metis Federation developed a Framework and Policy for the Manitoba Métis Community’s preferred process for proponent engagement and Crown consultation in resource development.

What will your government do to ensure proponents undertaking major resource development will fully, properly, and meaningfully engage the Manitoba Metis Federation and promote the participation of the Manitoba Metis Federation?

As previously stated, we are committed to establishing a duty to consult framework that includes a mechanism to consult First Nations and Métis communities, and includes engagement from government and the proponents of resource development projects.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are committed to working on a partnership basis for all issues affecting Metis people. This begins first and foremost in recognizing the Metis Nation and the MMF as its governing body in Manitoba.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The NDP is fully committed to uphold obligations regarding consultations on development. Unlike the Conservatives that failed to hold proper hearings on large developments the NDP will support Indigenous land use planning, community benefit agreements and Aboriginal set asides to ensure Metis rights are enhanced through source development.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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Question 14: Promoting & Supporting Partnerships

In 2012 the Canadian Chamber of Commerce recognized “the untapped potential of Canada’s Metis community which represents the fastest growing segment of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples” while the Calgary Chamber of Commerce report Closing the Gap – Partnering for Metis Labour Market Success explained the Metis “are younger than the non-Aboriginal population, urban and highly mobile, making them an ideal partner…”

What will your government do to promote and support industry partnerships with the Manitoba Métis Community and work with the Manitoba Metis Federation to develop economic and business opportunities?

We will promote and support economic partnerships as a government by working as Manitobans do, as genuine partners with business and community groups. Teamwork is the essence of partnership and partnership leads to prosperity. By working together as a province we will make Manitoba stronger and more prosperous.

Click here to read Progressive Conservative Party of Manitoba's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba Liberals are committed to developing a meaningful partnership with the Metis nation to create a better Manitoba. Together with our proactive policy ideas, we can work together to build a better Manitoba.

Click here to read the Manitoba Liberal Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

The Manitoba NDP fully recognizes that Metis people represent a key sector to the future prosperity of our province. With a growing economy and low unemployment and skills shortages faced by companies in Manitoba it is critical that we work with Metis people to ensure Metis youth have every opportunity for success. That is why we support the work of CEDF, MEDF, and work with the MMF on a number of projects benefitting Metis people across the province.

There is a lot at risk in this election. Brian Pallister and the Conservatives plan of reckless cuts will reduce economic opportunities. And Rana Bokhari's Liberal plans of privatization and corporate tax giveaways to big banks just don't make sense. The NDP are the only party that is committed to steady growth investments in education and good jobs because everyone matters.

Click here to read the Manitoba New Democratic Party's letter to President Chartrand outlining all their commitments to the Métis.

 

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