Manitoba Metis Federation Hosts Métis Youth Conference at 48th Annual General Assembly

September 22, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – The Metis Employment and Training Department of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) will host a Youth Conference in conjunction with the MMF’s 48th Annual General Assembly (AGA), taking place Sept. 23-25, 2016 at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg.

This year’s Youth Conference theme is Careers, Leadership & Empowerment. Its focus is on helping Métis Youth identify employment, post-secondary, and skills training opportunities available to them in Manitoba as they move towards their chosen career path. Conference workshops will also help Youth delegates learn the importance of cultural identity and its connection to a successful future career. 

“Our Métis Youth provide strength and vibrancy to our Nation and future economic development,” says MMF’s Minister of Heritage, Culture, Sports & Youth, Richard Genaille. “By participating in this conference, our Youth gain insight and knowledge that will help give them the tools they need to be successful in starting their careers, and guide them along the path to becoming skilled, experienced, and contributing citizens of the Métis Nation.” 

“Investing in our Youth is vital to the advancement of the Métis Nation,” says MMF’s Minister of Metis Employment and Training, John Fleury. “Through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) Agreement, we are able to empower our Métis Youth and improve their quality of life by providing services for training and developing the skills needed to become engaged members of the workforce in Canada.”

Another important component of the Conference will be a joint Elders & Youth Gathering on Friday, Sept. 23. This gathering will include two workshops that will discuss: Elder Abuse and Victimization, and Medication Safety. This unique gathering will help facilitate engagement between Elders and Youth Delegates where they can learn from and support each other.

The final day of the AGA Youth Conference, Youth Delegates will discuss the MMF’s MET Department and the MMF’s Youth Council, as well as participate in presentations by Ryan Land, Manager of Corporate Affairs and Organizational Development for Vale, Manitoba Operations; Kayleen McKay, who ran 420 km from Duck Bay to Winnipeg to raise money for Drag the Red; and Steve Loney, Aboriginal and Community Liaison for TransCanada.

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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


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