Manitoba Government Mineral Development Protocol Destined for Failure

March 5, 2018


March 5, 2018

Manitoba Government Mineral Development Protocol Destined for Failure

Winnipeg, MB - In its Friday, March 2, 2018 news release, the Manitoba Government (Manitoba) stated it is working in partnership with First Nations to develop a provincial mineral development protocol to advance mineral development opportunities and projects on Indigenous territories. Manitoba is anticipated to make a protocol announcement at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) International Convention in Toronto.

Manitoba’s news release again contradicts the Province’s 2016 The Path to Reconciliation Act. This legislation is not being adhered to in the development of the protocol. The development leaves out one of Manitoba’s Indigenous peoples - the Metis Nation. This will lead to legal battles.

“Without industry engaging the Metis Nation in partnerships, and without full and meaningful consultation and accommodation by government, this protocol is destined for failure,” said David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). “The protocol, as is now being written, will mislead and confuse industry and increase instability, financial risk, and failure in mining developments in Manitoba.”

The Metis Nation is the largest Indigenous nation in Canada and its traditional territory extends throughout the province of Manitoba. The MMF – as the government representative of the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community – has not been invited to participate in the Pallister Government’s comprehensive engagement process for the protocol.

 “This Provincial Government continues to disrespect the Metis Nation’s claims, rights and interests,” added President Chartrand. “Here is a clear example that the mining impacts on the Metis people – social, economic, and environmental – do not matter to this government.”

“Manitoba is still using obsolete 1960s policies and they believe they can do whatever they want to the Metis Nation. They will get a rude awakening. The law has changed. They will understand that the Metis Nation does matter,” concluded President Chartrand. “Contrary to Minister Pedersen’s assertion in their news release, Manitoba has chosen a path filled with unnecessary obstacles to investment in our Province’s future.”   


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
Director of Communications
Manitoba Metis Federation
Phone: (204) 586-8474
Cell: (204) 806-4752

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