Manitoba Metis Federation Strikes Agreement with Chinese Interests on Bringing Green Housing Technology to Canada's Indigenous Peoples

September 1, 2016

Yingdong Qiu - President, Beijing Yingdong Industrial Ltd; David Chartrand - President, Manitoba Metis Federation; and Joseph Ng - Chairman, JNE Consulting sign agreement to bring green housing technology to Canada's Indigenous Peoples

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Shanghai, China (September 1, 2016) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today witnessed a historic Joint Venture Agreement signed between the Manitoba Metis Federation’s (MMF) construction arm, Metis N4 Construction and a leading Chinese housing developer, Beijing Yingdong Industrial Ltd to bring new innovative green technology to Canada to meet the housing needs of Indigenous and norther communities. The Joint Venture agreement also includes the participation of JNE Consulting who will ensure the new housing products are engineered to Canadian housing standards.

“This Joint Venture brings together leading edge green housing technologies that can be used to improve Canadian housing for Canada’s Indigenous people,” said MMF President David Chartrand who co-signed the Venture along with Jack Park, Chairman of Metis N4 Construction Inc.

“We see this as a win-win for Canada” said JNE Consulting Chairman Joseph Ng who has almost 40 years of experience identifying and bringing new and innovative companies and technology from China to Canada.

“We have established this strategic partnership with Indigenous Canadians just as Canada’s new government has announced new investments in Indigenous housing. We will initially assemble these new housing products and ship to Canada with the medium term objective of establishing a housing manufacturing plant in Manitoba,” stated Yingdong Qiu, President of Beijing Yingdong Industrial Ltd. “We will also bring a new product line of materials made from basalt, which is a manufactured product made from lava like rock.”

By way of background, the Joint venture will bring light-weight steel housing frames to Canada together with highly durable fire retardant outer wall materials that have high R rated insolation values to tackle Canada’s cold temperatures.

“Steel frames have a number of advantages – they are highly durable, cost less to erect and are a green technology”, said President Chartrand. “As Indigenous people of the world, we need to do our part for the environment and all of these products are a step in the right direction.”


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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.

Winnipeg – once known as the Red River Settlement – is the Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland.

For media information, please contact:

Wei Xie
Senior Project Manager
Metis N4 Construction Inc.

Phone: (613) 276-4168

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