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MMF & Federal Government Ink New Agreement for Métis Employment & Training

May 15, 2019

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                MMF & Federal Government Ink New Agreement for Métis Employment & Training

Winnipeg, MB – The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and the federal government signed a new agreement today that will help Métis Citizens further improve their skills and find good jobs. MMF President David Chartrand was joined by The Honourable Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce, Development and Labour.

"This new agreement for Metis Employment and Training marks another important milestone on our journey towards reconciliation with Canada," said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. "This agreement reflects the partnership between the Manitoba Metis Federation and the Government of Canada. This agreement ensures over 15,000 Métis Citizens receive the supports they need for gainful employment. That’s over 15,000 skilled Métis Citizens ready for the labour market. I commend Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hajdu for their commitment to the Manitoba Metis Government. Thanks to their vision, a vision based on reconciliation, we have made history and ensured a legacy for our hardworking, taxpaying People."

Today’s announcement is part of a continued commitment made by the Federal Government, which enables the Métis Nation to identify and deliver programming and initiatives that are culturally relevant and self-empowering for their Citizens. In the case of the MMF the agreement provides funding for labour market driven employment and skills training programs through the Métis Employment and Training Department which has been delivering services to the community for twenty years. This new agreement will result in more than $160 million being invested in our training initiatives.

"Up until now, our Minister of Métis Employment and Training, John Fleury and his staff have independently developed industry partnerships and a strategic plan that have been central to ensuring the best possible outcome for Métis opportunities in the working world," added President Chartrand "For that I am extremely proud. I am also proud to stand today with members of the Trudeau Government as their continued commitment to our Nation will only enhance the work we have already completed against the most difficult of circumstances."

The federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with the Metis Nation informs the distinctions-based focus of the new Metis Employment and Training Agreement. This Agreement is one of several government to government agreements negotiated between the Metis Nation under the Canada-Metis Nation Accord. The MMF’s Métis Employment & Training Department operates through funds provided under the Indigenous Skills and Employment Strategy (ISETS) Agreement with Employment & Skills Development Canada (ESDC).

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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:

Al Foster – Communications Director
Manitoba Metis Federation
Office: (204) 586-8474
Cell: (204) 806-4752
Email: al.foster@mmf.mb.ca
www.mmf.mb.ca


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