Manitoba Metis Federation Supports Prime Minister Trudeau's Nation-to-Nation Approach to First Minister's Meeting - Calls on Premier Selinger to Respect Indigenous Governments

February 24, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – The Globe and Mail reported on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 that Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is calling on the Prime Minister to permit non-representative organizations the opportunity to participate in the upcoming First Ministers’ meeting in Vancouver.

“This is disrespectful of the Métis Nation whose roots are in Premier Selinger’s own backyard,” states President David Chartrand. “The Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis are the Founders of Manitoba and Canada’s Negotiating Partners in Confederation. Red River – now Winnipeg – is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland. The Manitoba Metis Federation is the democratically elected and true government of the Métis in Manitoba.”

With his statements Premier Selinger shows disrespect to not only the Métis Nation but to all Indigenous Governments. This tactic is obstructionist and serves to delay the changes the federal government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is attempting to institute through a renewed Nation-to-Nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Governments – which includes the Métis Nation government.

“It is right, proper, and farsighted that Prime Minister Trudeau is committed to building a renewed Nation-to-Nation relationship,” explains President Chartrand. “The Prime Minister is taking important steps to make a difference. We have waited a long time as Indigenous Governments to be treated with that respect.”

This upcoming First Ministers’ meeting is for the governing bodies of the provinces of Canada and the Indigenous Governments of Canada.

“If Premier Selinger does not want to respect the form of self-government for Indigenous Governments, then maybe he should practice these views with non-aboriginal governments,” further states President Chartrand.

Given what seems to be the wishes of Premier Selinger to interfere in the Nation-to-Nation building of Prime Minister Trudeau, he should lead by example and give up his own authorities to other organizations and non-constitutional rights-holding bodies, including the Mayors and Councils across the province. As per his desires, federal social transfers could then be automatically directly given to villages, towns, and cities.  If he is not willing to follow the logical conclusion of his statements by putting into practice what he is demanding the Prime Minister to do, he should keep silent and permit the Prime Minister to do his job in building a respectful Nation-to-Nation relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Governments.



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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.

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