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January 4, 2014

Our annual look at the movers and shakers reshaping Manitoba's landscape By: Dan Lett

David Chartrand (SEAN KILPATRICK / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)

12. David Chartrand: Metis Resurgence

The Manitoba Metis Federation president since 1996, making him the longest-serving president, Chartrand saw the Supreme Court of Canada rule the federal government did not deal with the Métis fairly in Manitoba more than 130 years ago.

At the heart of the dispute is how 566,000 hectares (1.4 million acres) of land was to be set aside for Métis children as promised by Canada in the Manitoba Act of 1870.

"Our time has come," Chartrand said at the time. "This day will forever be marked as a new beginning."

The landmark case, worth millions of dollars in compensation, supports the MMF in future compensation-related talks with Ottawa and most recently in its dealings with Manitoba Hydro in getting the Crown utility to consult on the Bipole III transmission line and the proposed Keeyask generating station. Chartrand has threatened to take Hydro to court potentially blocking work on both projects.

Credit: Winnipeg Free Press


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