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Manitoba Métis Demand Apology from Premier - We are not a special interest group

September 23, 2018

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Manitoba Métis Demand Apology From Premier
We are not a special interest group
 
Winnipeg, MB – On Sunday, September 23, delegates to the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) Annual General Assembly voted unanimously in favour of a resolution aimed at defending Métis rights to consultation and accommodation in Manitoba.
 
"Our people are demanding respect. Our people are demanding an apology. Our people are demanding justice," exclaimed President Chartrand. "We will pursue justice for our people and ensure the Premier will respect the MétisNation. Our
Assembly delegates have made it clear that it is time Premier Pallister to come to terms that the MMF is the Manitoba Métis Government with a democratic mandate from our Citizens. We are not a special interest group," continued Chartrand. "The MMF protects the claims, rights, and interests of the Manitoba Métis Community, for today and for future generations."
 
The resolution, moved by MMF Ministers Jack Park and Anita Campbell, endorses the decision by MMF Cabinet earlier this year to pursue legal action against Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and his Government for attempting to block a $67 million agreement signed by the MMF and Manitoba Hydro in July, 2017. In addition to endorsing litigation and all actions necessary to uphold the Honour of the Crown, the resolution also demands that the Premier issue an apology for his disrespectful statements about the MMF and its leadership, and more significantly, his ongoing disrespect of the rights and claims of the Manitoba Metis Community.
More than 3,000 Manitoba Métis Citizens participated in this year’s MMF Annual General Assembly from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Assiniboia Downs. The Assembly is a cornerstone of governance within the Métis Nation, drawing together Manitoba’s Métis Citizens to review accomplishments, celebrate successes and plan for the future. Together, Manitoba’s Métis Citizens are taking new strides toward defending our Nation, advancing our rights and protecting our people.
 
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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:
 
Barney Morin
Manitoba Metis Federation
Communication Coordinator
Office: (204) 586 - 8474 Ext: 277
Cell: (204)391- 0717
Email: barney.morin@mmf.mb.ca
www.mmf.mb.ca

 


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