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Manitoba Metis Federation Hosts 48th Annual General Assembly

September 22, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will be hosting their 48th Annual General Assembly (AGA) at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg from Friday Sept. 23 to Sunday 25, 2016. This year MMF President David Chartrand and the Board of Directors will welcome over 3,000 delegates from across Manitoba, who will gather to celebrate Métis culture and progress made over the past year, discuss issues surrounding Métis governance and those faced by Métis Citizens, and set a plan in place for future development and growth.

This year has been an exciting year of progress on a number of important matters related to Metis identity, governance and rights recognition. One area of particular importance is the progress on the MMF Land Claim. On Friday, Sept. 23 at 1 pm President Chartrand will be providing a report on the recent community consultations on the land claim and where we are signing a framework agreement towards a modern day treaty with Canada. Other reports during this important session include presentations by Jason Madden - Metis Lawyer and Lead Counsel for the MMF Land Claim - and MMF Chief of Staff Al Benoit, who will explore historical and recent elements of the MMF Land Claim, and discuss the current status of the claim as well as future stages moving forward.

“This year’s gathering will celebrate much exciting progress for our Métis Citizens as we come together to discuss important issues and set priorities for the future,” says President David Chartrand. “The ground-breaking forward movement on the MMF Land Claim, coupled with the Daniels case ruling outlining the federal government’s responsibility to negotiate with the Métis Nation, will allow our Métis government to make plans for stronger economic and cultural development and to create more opportunities for our hardworking Métis Citizens’ success.”

Opening ceremonies for the AGA begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Assiniboia Downs. A Live Stream of the AGA will begin at this time on the MMF website at http://www.mmf.mb.ca/aga_live_stream.php, which will allow Métis Citizens and members of the public to watch AGA events in real time as they occur.

The MMF’s Board of Directors will give valuable and informative governance reports during the AGA on Saturday, Sept. 24th and Sunday, Sept. 25th. Our MMF Ministers will provide updates on important areas including Energy and Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Agriculture, Economic Development, Citizenship, Constitution, Métis Rights and Métis Nation Agenda, and more.

This year will also inaugurate the first annual Metis Crafters & Artisan Market taking place during the three days of the AGA. The Market will provide an opportunity for skilled Métis artisans to showcase and sell their creations.

Again this year, Métis Citizens will get a chance to learn about opportunities and services available to them and build networks for increased success in the Métis business community at our well attended and respected annual Tradeshow and Exhibition.

Scheduled dignitaries attending the 48th AGA include President Clement Chartier of the Metis National Council; Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources for the Government of Canada; Mr. Dan Vandal, Member of Parliament for the Government of Canada; Mr. Robert Falcon-Ouellette, Member of Parliament for the Government of Canada; Hon. Eileen Clarke, Minister of Indigenous & Municipal Relations for the Province of Manitoba; Ms. Cindy Gilroy, Winnipeg City Councillor; RCMP Commanding Officer Scott Kolody; Mr. John Young, President & CEO of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; President Muriel Parker of the Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres; Minister Anita Campbell, Spokeswoman for Infinity Women Secretariat; Mr. Thomas Berger, MMF Land Claims Legal Counsel; and Mr. Jim Aldridge, MMF Land Claims Legal Counsel.

In conjunction with the AGA, Metis Employment and Training (MET) will host a Youth Conference Sept. 23-25 to help Métis youth identify employment opportunities available to them and move toward a career path. Infinity Women Secretariat will also be holding their Annual General Assembly at the MMF’s AGA on Friday, Sept. 23.

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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.

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:

Jonathan Hamel
Director of Communications
Manitoba Metis Federation

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

 


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