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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) giving up on Manitoba Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs

November 16, 2015

Winnipeg, MB – After today’s Throne Speech by Manitoba’s NDP Government, the Manitoba Metis Federation has just about given up on the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs.

“The Métis are extremely disappointed with today’s Throne Speech,” states Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand, “In the speech today there was a clear message: the Métis don’t matter.”

Manitoba’s NDP Government governs from the former Red River Settlement – the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and Heart of the Métis Homeland. The Legislative Building sits just down the street from the location of the former Legislative Assembly of Assiniboia – the seat of Louis Riel’s Provisional Government that created the province of Manitoba and brought it into Confederation.

Manitoba’s Métis Community makes up the largest Indigenous group in Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba. The MMF operates the most successful Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) program in Canada. Despite these facts, the NDP Government largely chose to ignore the Métis in its Throne Speech.

“This NDP Government continues to virtually ignore the Métis. The Métis are not high on the agenda of the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs,” explains President Chartrand. “Minister Robinson has never once reached out to the Métis of Manitoba and its governing body. In fact our government has never officially met one-on-one with this Minister. I suggest the NDP government change the name of the department to First Nation Affairs. It is becoming evident this department only represents First Nation interests and needs.”

There were three obvious areas where the Métis should have been included. These were references to hydro impacts, education and training.

“This NDP Government and its Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs does not recognize the Métis Nation,” concludes President Chartrand. “Even today at our Ceremony commemorating Métis Leader Louis Riel on the anniversary of his execution, the NDP Government did not send even a backbencher or Deputy Minister to acknowledge their respect for a Founding Father of Confederation. I wish I could say I am surprised, but I am not.”

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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For media information, please contact:

Jonathan Hamel
Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation

Phone:             (204) 586-8474 ext. 324
Cell:                 (204) 806-4752
E-mail:             jonathan.hamel@mmf.mb.ca

 

*CORRECTION: An earlier release incorrectly referred to the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs as the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. We apologize for the error.


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