Another Divisive Policy of Pallister

October 2, 2018

Another Divisive Policy of Pallister
Winnipeg MB - Yesterday’s provincial announcement of the appointments to the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEB) Board is another example of the Pallister Government attempting to hammer a wedge between the Métis Nation, the founder of Manitoba, and other Manitobans. 

“The board is packed with non-governmental wildlife and fish groups. Métis Citizens are champions and continuing stewards of the land and are nowhere to be seen,” said MMF President David Chartrand. 

“The Manitoba Métis Community has been left out,” further explained President Chartrand. “A simple telephone call to the MMF from the Premier or the Minister requesting a Manitoba Métis nominee would have been a positive and complementary addition. It is a mistake to ignore our contributions.” 

President Chartrand stated: “Reading between the lines, the message is clear – when it comes to conservation, non-Aboriginal commercial interests are the only thing that matters to Pallister’s Government. The Premier should not attempt to use identity politics to separate users of the resources that we all share.”

The FWEB Board lacks the traditional knowledge and critical collective insight of the Manitoba Métis. Hunting and fishing decisions about harvesting are made each day with respect for current and future generations. The Manitoba MétisHarvesters have put in place the Metis Laws of the Harvest, including the Conservation Trust Fund. 

“In province-wide consultations our people - harvesters, Elders, youth and women - have all made it clear that wildlife and fish conservation is the priority,” President Chartrand went on to say. “We have been directed to protect our harvesting rights in the courts as well as in the field. Being part of the management decisions about fish, animal, and plants ensures the right can be exercised.”

Since 2004 the Manitoba Métis Harvesters have been building the Conservation Trust Fund. The Conservation Trust Fund supports conservation initiatives such as keeping fish spawning creeks clear of barriers to fish movement, creating rearing ponds for fingerlings, feeding deer in harsh winters, and other activities. 

“Yet the Premier tags the stakeholder special interest groups as the conservationists while implying that the Métis are not. It is sad to see that the Pallister Government continues to ignore the contributions of First Nations and the Métis Nation,” concluded President Chartrand. “If Manitobans want to ensure effective management of our fish and wildlife then there needs to be fair and equitable participation and representation of Indigenous Peoples in the planning and decision-making for the benefit of future generations.” 

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

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