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Manitoba Metis Federation and RCMP Renew Commitment to Support Policing Priorities for Manitoba's Metis Nation

February 12, 2018

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February 12, 2018

Manitoba Metis Federation and RCMP Renew Commitment to Support Policing Priorities for Manitoba’s Metis Nation

Winnipeg, MB – Today the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to renew the Metis Community Initiatives Coordinator position and support policing priorities for Manitoba’s Metis Nation through March 31. 2022. The MOU outlines 10 priorities for the Metis Community Initiatives Coordinator position including service enhancement, Metis harvesting and rights and community-based policing initiatives.

“We are honoured to continue this important partnership with the RCMP,” said Julyda Lagimodiere, Minister of the Metis Justice Institute. “The Metis Community Initiatives Coordinator position has created an important link between our Metis Citizens and the RCMP.”

“The RCMP and the MMF have a strong, long-standing and positive partnership that is based on trust and understanding” said Assistant Commissioner Scott Kolody, Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP. “The MOU signed today between the Métis Government and the Manitoba RCMP further solidifies this partnership and ensures that we will continue to have open lines of communications to address issues that impact the health, safety and security of Métis citizens and communities across the province.”

“We commend the RCMP for their work and continued presence throughout the Metis Homeland,” said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. “This partnership has created an important and long-lasting relationship between the Manitoba Metis Nation and the RCMP which has extended well beyond policing services.”

The original MOU between the MMF and the RCMP was signed in 2011 and was extended through another signing in 2016. Corporal Rick Sinclair has filled this role since August 2010, which came into place in anticipation of the 2011 MOU.

The full MOU is attached for reference.

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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.

 

For media information, please contact:

Lindsay Ridgley                                                     Robert Cyrenne

Director of Communications                                  Director of Communications

Manitoba Metis Federation                                    RCMP

Phone: (204) 586-8474                                          Phone: (204) 983-8497

Cell: (204) 806-4752

E-mail: lindsay.ridgley@mmf.mb.ca                       Email: robert.cyrenne@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 


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