Manitoba Metis Federation Wishes Mr. Tootoo Success on his Journey of Recovery

June 2, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) wishes Mr. Hunter Tootoo success in his treatment and commends him for the taking the steps he feels are necessary to overcome his addiction.

“I wish the Honourable Mr. Tootoo well in his treatment as he tackles an issue that has affected so many Indigenous communities,” said President David Chartrand. “Mr. Tootoo’s presence in the federal cabinet has been an encouragement for Indigenous people all across Canada and has demonstrated the Prime Minister’s acknowledgement that often it is the Indigenous people who are best qualified to manage the resources they have relied on since time immemorial.”

In 2015 Mr. Tootoo made history when he became the first Indigenous person appointed Minister of Fisheries and Oceans – a portfolio that governs the resource many Indigenous people in Canada depend on. He is also the second Inuk ever to be appointed to a senior cabinet post in the federal government.

“As President of the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community, I thank Prime Minister Trudeau for providing Indigenous people, like Mr. Tootoo, the opportunity to lead portfolios that directly affect Indigenous people,” stated President Chartrand. “I encourage our Prime Minister to continue his practice of appointing Canada’s Indigenous people to those portfolios that directly impact them.”

The Manitoba Metis Federation looks forward to working with the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc as he assumes the responsibilities of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.


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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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Jonathan Hamel
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Manitoba Metis Federation

Phone:             (204) 586-8474 ext. 324
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