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Metis Federation Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government to Seek Land Claim Reconciliation

May 27, 2016

Winnipeg, MB – On Friday, May 27th the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, Carolyn Bennett, toward reconciliation regarding land claims.

The signing of the MOU will begin the process of negotiations between the Métis and federal government for a modern-day land claim treaty. It will also lead into Bennett’s participation in creating a formal negotiation mandate that will be used in the future.

“We are very pleased to have our negotiating partner back at the table,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “This MOU puts us on the path of meaningful reconciliation, which our people have sought for generations. Through mutual respect and a common desire for change, I believe we can ultimately achieve a shared solution that remedies our outstanding constitutional claim and benefits the Manitoba Metis Community as well as the province we helped to create and call home – Manitoba.”

The MOU was signed by the two parties in response to the historic 2013 Manitoba Metis Federation et al. V. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. It states the importance of the Canadian Government’s participation in a process to advance reconciliation with the Métis, as well as developing a framework agreement through a discussion table. Both parties also agreed to a designated work plan and budget to support the MMF that is consistent with the policies of the Department of Indian Affairs. 

Minister Bennett recognized that the MMF requires participation in exploratory discussions around land claims envisioned under the MOU.

“These exploratory talks with the Manitoba Metis Federation demonstrate our commitment to working with partners in a true spirit of co-operation and respect to advance reconciliation and map the way together toward a shared prosperous future,” said Minister Bennet.

Notable attendees included newly appointed Minister Eileen Clarke, MP Dan VanDal, MP Robert-Falcon Ouellette, and MP Terry Duguid, who also received gifts from the MMF.

The MOU signing ceremony included Métis cultural traditions with fiddlers, jiggers, and opening and closing prayers by Métis elders.

 

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 Founder of the Province of Manitoba.

 

 

 

For media information, please contact:

 

Jonathan Hamel

Director of Communications, Manitoba Metis Federation

 

Phone:                 (204) 586-8474 ext. 324

Cell:                       (204) 806-4752

E-mail:                  jonathan.hamel@mmf.mb.ca


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