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Racism by Exclusion

September 17, 2015

Winnipeg, MB – During the next two days many will gather for The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion. It seems to be a venerable list of who’s who and leaders from places like the United States, Nigeria, Alberta and BC. However, what really is revealing about the Summit is who has not been invited.

 “The Manitoba Metis are the largest indigenous group in Winnipeg, the province of Manitoba and arguably the country of Canada. How can racism be addressed when those who are impacted the greatest are not invited to be a part of the conversation and the solution?” asks President David Chartrand of the MMF, “This is just another example of racism by exclusion despite the event being heralded as a national summit on racial inclusion.”

As the democratically elected representative of Manitoba’s Metis citizens and Canada’s negotiating partner in Confederation, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has not been invited to The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion. Neither does there seem to be much representation from the local indigenous community.  As Mayor of Winnipeg, it begs the question: why this lack of representation?

“I am disappointed Mayor Bowman seems to have forgotten the people he represents,” states President Chartrand. “I am, however, encouraged to see our indigenous youth – the grassroots of our people – taking initiative to draw awareness to our local issues of racism. I want to commend Lenard Monkman, Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie and the Aboriginal Youth Opportunities youth movement in Winnipeg’s North End for creating ‘Our Summit’, their efforts to bring local racism issues to light and for including those impacted in the solution.”

The Manitoba Metis Federation asserts this important issue of racism can only be met and overcome when those most affected are given the opportunity to speak out and help form the solution. It does not come from a colonial mindset that uses celebrity leaders who are not part of our community to impose upon us their view of our reality.

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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation's Manitoba Metis Community.

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Jonathan Hamel, Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation
Phone: (204) 586-8474 ext. 324
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Email:  jonathan.hamel@mmf.mb.ca


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