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Metis Are Open for Business

March 21, 2012

WINNIPEG - On March 21 and 22, the Metis business community and representatives from the Manitoba provincial government will gather at the Hotel Fort Garry for the first ever Metis Procurement Conference.

The conference aims to make government and industry aware and exposed to Metis procurement, which is the process of buying, purchasing leasing, and renting of goods or services -the Metis represent a significant, relatively untapped resource in terms of business partnership and employment.

"This is a unique opportunity for our Metis businesses specifically to learn how to increase their participation as suppliers of goods and services to government, Crown Corporations and the private sector. It is also valuable for those entities to learn more about the Metis as Aboriginal business persons and how they can contribute to enhancing the bottom line," said MMF President David Chartrand. "As the original entrepreneurs of Manitoba, this is our time to market our skills in a 21st century economy not only for the benefit of our Metis citizens, but for all Manitobans as well. If you are a Metis in business, I urge you to join us at the Fort Garry and help us convey the message to government and industry loudly and clearly - the Metis are open for business. This conference will stimulate more home-grown partnerships that will maintain the economic prosperity within the province rather than going overseas."

Presented by the Metis Economic Development Organization (MEDO) in conjunction with the MMF, the Metis National Council, the government of Canada and the Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council, the Metis Procurement Conference is meant to bring together Metis businesses and government to discuss a variety of procurement subjects as well as talk about how businesses and government can work together to grow Metis and other aboriginal enterprises to strengthen our economy.

The event takes place on March 21 from noon to 7 p.m. and March 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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