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Manitoba Fishers Taking Control of Their Future

April 18, 2018

Winnipeg, MB – Yesterday, on April 17, 2018, fishers from across Manitoba met and took unprecedented steps to redefine their future.
 
Together they will face the challenges of a changing business environment and seize the opportunities in the fishing industry’s open market. Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand accompanied by MMF Fisheries Minister John Parenteau hosted the meeting in which critical decisions were made.
 
At the meeting there were very informative presentations on co-ops including how they work, the different structures types, as well as the options for representation and legal organization. These were followed by workshops in which fishers discussed and analyzed the issues and possible approaches. They focused on developing a co-op to meet their needs.
 
“This is a business being built for fishers by fishers. They are united and together they will accomplish great goals,” explained MMF President Chartrand. “The fishers are committed to a transparent, accountable, and profitable process for their industry now and into the future. All regions are represented including the north. This will provide a strong foundation for the next generations of fishers well into the future.”
 
What had been identified important in earlier consultations and meetings by fishers includes creating a sustainable and democratic business model that will help stabilize prices and provide new markets. As well this is the opportunity to use the profits for the benefit of fishers including income, health insurance and pension contributions.
 
At the meeting, the fishers decided to create a producer-type co-op that will be flexible, responsive, membership-owned, and democratically-controlled by the fishers. A seven-member interim board was selected by ballot. The interim board will continue to consult about the co-op with fishers across the province and will take the necessary steps to put everything into place. Mr. Arnold Asham was chosen as spokesperson.
 
“We are here to ensure a sustainable, healthy and profitable fishery,” said MMF President David Chartrand. “The work at the meeting was about how to grow the markets and how to promote a sustainable fishing industry for the benefit of the fishers, their families, and their communities. I am excited to have been at this historical and significant meeting.”
 
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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:
 
Dana Penwarden
Communications Assistant
Manitoba Metis Federation
Phone: (204) 586-8474
Mobile: (204) 806-4901
Email: dana.penwarden@mmf.mb.ca

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