President Chartrand presents signed Framework Agreement to Riel during ceremony

November 16, 2016


President Chartrand presents signed Framework Agreement to Riel during ceremony
Manitoba Metis Federation Celebrates Life and Recognizes Legacy of Louis Riel


November 16, 2016, Winnipeg, MB – On this the 131st anniversary of the judicial murder of Métis Visionary and Leader Louis Riel, President Chartrand of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) presented the signed Framework Agreement that will lead to a modern day treaty with Canada at a gravesite ceremony celebrating the Life and recognizing the Legacy of Louis Riel. As Canada’s Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of Manitoba, this is an especially auspicious day of celebration for Manitoba’s Métis.

“This is a monumental and historic time for Manitoba’s Métis. After more than 140 years, three decades of court battles and numerous consultations with our Métis Citizens, I am honoured and humbled to present to Louis Riel and the Manitoba Métis this signed Framework Agreement that will start the formal negotiations leading to the reconciliation of our constitutional grievance and the renewal of the solemn promise,” said President Chartrand.

The jointly developed Framework Agreement signed in Ottawa yesterday sets out the process and subject matters for formal reconciliation negotiations to address the outstanding issues raised in the 2013 Manitoba Metis Federation v. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. During the brief signing ceremony, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, stated “We are coming together at the negotiating table in a spirit of renewal. This is a truly historic undertaking and we are firmly committed to working in partnership to reach a balanced solution that advances reconciliation for everyone’s benefit.”

“This Agreement is the culmination of the hope, hardship and struggle of the Métis,” explained President Chartrand, “We never quit fighting for what Riel gave his life for. On behalf of the Manitoba Métis, the relentless dedication and perseverance of the MMF – the Manitoba Métis Government - has been instrumental in achieving the Framework Agreement as a crucial step in the continued forward movement of reconciliation with Canada.”

The gravesite commemoration was attend by President Clément Chartier, Métis National Council; Mr. Dan Vandale, Member of Parliament for St. Boniface-St. Vital on behalf of Canada; Ms. Colleen Mayer, MLA for St. Vital on behalf of the Province; Inspector Scott McMurchy, on behalf of the RCMP; Ms. Flo Marcelino, Interim Leader for the provincial NDP; and Ms. Anita Campbell, Spokesperson for Infinity Women Secretariat.

“We are pleased our new federal government led by Prime Minister Trudeau are keeping the promises made to settle this claim and are expediting the process through the signing of this historic Framework Agreement. Now that the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs has signed this agreement, our formal negotiations will begin in earnest,” further explained President Chartrand. “The Prime Minister has reiterated his commitment to settling this claim. The Minister has the authority. We are ready to get down to the hard work of reaching a solution that finally gives that lasting place for the Métis promised to them in 1870.”

Immediately following the graveside commemoration guests were invited back to the MMF Home Office, located at 150 Henry Avenue in Winnipeg for further celebration and Métis entertainment.


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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