Manitoba Metis Federation supporting recent actions of Metis Child and Family Services Authority

September 27, 2013

As the Government representative of the Metis people of Manitoba, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is patiently waiting for the outcome and decision on a foster parents' appeal to have a Metis child remain in their home. The foster parents are filing a petition for guardianship of the child. An adjudicator now has 15 days from September 12 to make a decision on the foster parents' appeal.

The MMF intends to watch the process closely as it unfolds and may exercise its own actions in support of Métis children ensuring they be placed with Metis families in order to assure cultural identities be preserved.

“We will keep an eye on the governmental policies created during this process and the outcome from this decision. If those policies do not support Metis culture and heritage fully, we may need to begin instituting our own policies.” said MMF President David Chartrand.

Billie Schibler, Chief Executive Officer of the Métis Child and Family Services Authority, says that if primary caregivers identify as Metis, the mandate of MCFS is to place the children in Métis homes for the long-term.

“We need to only look back to the 1960s when thousands of Metis children were literally stolen from their families and the severe damage it caused in so many children’s lives.” explained MMF President David Chartrand. “The Manitoba Metis Federation will never allow Metis children to suffer in that way again.”

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