Manitoba Metis Federation officials present recommendations to United Nations Special Rapporteur

October 15, 2013

Officials of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) met with United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, on Friday October 11 for a dinner and cultural activities. A second meeting was held Saturday October 12, 2013 for the presentation of documents outlining recommendations for a United Nations report.

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, was in Winnipeg as he visited Canada from 7 to 15 October 2013 to examine the situation of indigenous peoples in the country. This visit follows up a mission to Canada by the previous Special Rapporteur in 2004.

The MMF recommendations focused on Metis Land Claims, Metis self-government, MMF Tripartite Self%u2010Government Negotiations, Issues around Metis Lands and Resources and Economic Development. Métis National Council President Clément Chartier, presented on behalf of the Metis Nation.

Also in attendance were MMF Vice President Denise Thomas, MMF Senior Advisor, Al Benoit, Métis Rights Panel and MMF Board member Claire Riddle, Women of the Métis Nation President, Melanie Omeniho, Elder Norman Fleury, and Consultant Celeste McKay.

MMF Vice President Denise Thomas expressed her approval of the meeting, stating, “It is a positive step towards the future having both MMF and MNC recommendations well received by the Special Rapporteur. His questions we pointed and specific to some of the Metis Nation’s most important issues.”

Following the visit, the Special Rapporteur will prepare and make public a 10,000 word report on the Canadian visit’s findings, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in September 2014.

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