Manitoba Metis Federation Citizenship to Move Beyond Borders

November 18, 2014

Manitoba Residence will no longer be Required

On November 16, 2014, the delegates of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Annual General Assembly (AGA) made an unprecedented decision and overwhelmingly passed a constitutional amendment authorizing the MMF to receive and process applications from Manitoba Metis Community Citizens who live outside the province.

"Our AGA theme was ‘Reclaiming our Inheritance: Our Journey Home,’ explained President Chartrand. “This theme was the best introduction to an historic resolution passed by our delegates this weekend. We will continue to protect our identity.  Now, no matter where our Citizens live, their right to join the MMF will be honoured."

"Our assembly delegates made it clear we will no longer accept artificial boundaries that keep our families separate and apart," explained President Chartrand. "No matter where a Manitoba Metis Community Citizen lives, he or she can join the MMF. We will not let arbitrary borders divide us."

"We had undertaken extensive consultations in regional assemblies throughout the province," explained MMF Minister Claire Riddle responsible for the MMF constitution and citizenship. "Our People repeated the same message that the Manitoba Metis Community is built on our identity, history, family, economic, and other relationships. They said that current residence cannot prevent a relative – such as a cousin, parent, or sibling – from joining their Metis Government."

"While listening carefully to our Elders, our experience clearly demonstrates our community, families and traditional lands go well beyond the historic and present-day provincial borders of Manitoba," Minister Riddle continued. "Our community cannot be restricted and cut up by borders not of our own making."

"During the Reign of Terror of the late 1800s, and the subsequent repression and discrimination, many Manitoba Metis left their homes and dispersed across our territory and beyond in search of peace, security, and prosperity. Without community protection and identity many felt like exiles in our own country." President Chartrand explained. "It is time to come home. We welcome you home."

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