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Ignoring Métis Nation - the New Protocol Puts Manitoba Mining Future at Risk

May 31, 2019

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Ignoring Métis Nation – The New Protocol Puts Manitoba Mining Future at Risk
 

The Manitoba Metis Federation – the democratic self-government of the Manitoba Métis – is not surprised the Pallister Government has left the Métis out of the new Manitoba – First Nation Mining Development Protocol. The Métis were ignored, and not invited to participate, despite being Manitoba’s Founders, right-holders, taxpayers and its largest Indigenous People.

"The Protocol is another example of what Pallister describes as the gold standard. His standard is Fool’s Gold. It’s not of real value. Our Métis Government has and will continue to take a stand on the Pallister Government’s lack of consultation and accommodation. The Pallister Government is giving poor guidance to industry," said President Chartrand. "This will increase the number of lawsuits in the courts and risk to the Mining investments in our province."

"It is clear that to take a stand to protect our aboriginal rights and our environment means being ostracized by the Government. If Pallister is contradicted, or corrected, then he will have no relationship with you and you are of no value to him," explained President Chartrand. "Pallister is making policy decisions based on personal vendetta – he is saying his way or the highway."
 
"He ignores an important right bearing indigenous people, creating discord while he damages the future of the Mining industry," President David Chartrand went on to say. "Same as the Hydro file, he does not think things through and creates more problems than he solves. Indigenous Peoples, Farmers, and everyday Manitobans are demanding accountability."
 
"The Premier’s actions will result in potential great harm to future mining and other resource developments," President said. "No consultation on the Lake St. Martin Channel; No consultation on the Silica Sand Project on the East Side; No consultation on the Manitoba Minnesota Transmission Project (MMTP); and, no consultation or participation in the Mining Protocol." 
 
"If the Métis are not consulted and accommodated this will hurt companies in their exploration and developments –we will be filing in the court – and Pallister will try to blame others for his short-sightedness," the President further explained. "There is a proactive approach used by Enbridge. We sat down to talk, became partners, and moved forward in successfully constructing their pipeline across our traditional lands."

Manitobans should be asking questions about the past First Nation chief involved in drafting the Mining Protocol, and who has been consulting with First Nations for a couple of years now across the north, using taxpayers’ dollars, and is now apparently a candidate for the Conservative Party.
 
"Let this be a warning to Proponents; Pallister is sowing the seeds of discord and the mining companies will be reaping its bitter fruit," concluded President Chartrand. "The mining companies must be prepared to go to court if they do not include the Métis in their plans."

 

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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:
Manitoba Metis Federation
Al Foster - Director of Communications
Cell: 204-806-4752
Email: al.foster@mmf.mb.ca


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