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Protecting the Citizens of the Métis Nation

November 29, 2018

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Protecting the Citizens of the Métis Nation

Winnipeg, MB – Yesterday at the Special Sitting of the Métis Nation General Assembly, the Governing Members of the Métis National Council (MNC) passed a resolution that protected Métis Nation Citizens from groups in the east who would attempt to claim our rights, our flag, and our traditions. With their false identity, these groups would try to take the birthright of our Métis Citizens.

Led by the Manitoba Metis Federation, this resolution confirmed and adopted a map of the Métis Nation Homeland centred on the prairies and placed the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) on probation for breaching the citizenship requirements of the Métis Nation.

In 1994, MNO was admitted into the MNC to represent Métis people from the prairies who have moved to Ontario and those who are from Northwestern Ontario near the Manitoba border. For years, MNO has consistently ignored and breached MNC General Assembly resolutions by attempting to grandfather individuals who do not meet the National Definition. The MNC Governing Members cracked down, suspending MNO for refusing to apply the citizenship criteria of the historic Métis Nation adopted by the General Assembly in 2002.

Furthermore, this past year, the MNO attempted to extend the boundaries of the historic Métis Nation homeland without the consent of MNC and its other Governing Members. The eastern boundary of the Metis Nation Homeland includes the northwestern Ontario communities of Kenora, Lake of the Woods, Fort Frances, Rainy Lake, the Treaty 3 Area and the traditional hunting and fishing territories of that community.

Manitoba Metis Federation President David Chartrand noted, "Our people are rooted in the prairies. Métis Citizens can trace their history back to the historic Metis Nation Homeland. These are the citizens of the Métis Nation. They are from the Métis Homeland. MNO President Froh said clearly that she believes there is more than one 'distinct Métis peoples.'   She is very wrong. There is only one Métis People and one Métis Nation. We cannot allow the fancy use of words to confuse who the Métis Nation is and who its Citizens are."

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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.
 
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Barney Morin, Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: 204-586-8474 x277
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Email: barney.morin@mmf.mb.ca
www.mmf.mb.ca

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