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Province's Cannabis Announcement Forgets the Metis Nation

February 16, 2018

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February 16, 2018

 

Province’s Cannabis Announcement Forgets the Metis Nation

Winnipeg, MB – Today the Province of Manitoba announced its conditional acceptance of proposals to operate retail cannabis locations. Once again Manitoba has forgotten the Metis Nation and refers only to non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities on-reserve retail opportunities.

“Sadly we are not surprised by this announcement,” said Jack Park, MMF Minister responsible for Energy and Infrastructure. “The Province continues to ignore the Constitutional rights of the Metis Nation as a rights-bearing government.”

Manitoba’s Metis Citizens are entrepreneurs and the founders of the Province of Manitoba - it was built upon our hard work, determination and grit. Manitoba has no Metis-specific economic development strategy, which leaves the MMF responsible to create opportunities for our Citizens. It was the MMF’s hope that our cannabis proposal would be accepted, creating hundreds of jobs in Metis Communities which are struggling with incredibly high unemployment rates. The decision to ignore the Metis Nation further diminishes an already strained relationship and demonstrates Manitoba’s adversarial views toward the Metis Nation.

“One day we hope there will be a Provincial government which respects our Nation and the contributions we make to Manitoba’s economic engine,” said Minister Park. “Until then, the Manitoba Metis Government will continue to fight for the rights of the Metis Nation and protect those we currently have.”

 

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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
Director of Communications
Manitoba Metis Federation

Phone: (204) 586-8474
Cell: (204) 806-4752
E-mail: lindsay.ridgley@mmf.mb.ca

 


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