MMF President David Chartrand to Receive Honorary Law Degree

October 19, 2012

WINNIPEG - The University of Winnipeg is honouring Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand for his 22 years of leadership and governance within the Metis nation by bestowing an Honorary Doctor of Laws. Chartrand was born and raised in the small Metis community of Duck Bay, Manitoba, and from these humble roots grew to become a provincial and national champion of human rights, education, child welfare, economic development, and social justice.

In 1996, Chartrand was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors - Manitoba Metis Federation. It is a position he still holds as the longest-serving president of the Manitoba Metis Government.

Since 1999, the MMF and its education arm, the Louis Riel Institute, have provided more than $1.5 million in bursaries to Metis students attending UWinnipeg, which the University has matched. The Louis Riel Bursaries support the next generation of Metis leaders who are studying everything from film to physics, education, and economics. In 2008, a $100,000 gift from the MMF allowed UWinnipeg to create the Audreen Hourie Graduate Fellowship, which is open to all Metis graduate students in UWinnipeg’s Indigenous Governance and Masters in Development Practice programs.

Chartrand championed the establishment of Louis Riel Day as an annual provincial holiday in February, ensuring all Manitobans learn about Riel’s contributions to this province. Under Chartrand’s administration, the Manitoba Metis Federation’s credibility, stability, strength and membership have steadily increased. In 1997, he was able to re-instate the MMF Land Claims Case, which is presently before the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2008, he signed a Metis Policy Agreement with the Province of Manitoba aimed at helping Metis people achieve greater self-reliance and socio-economic well-being.

Today, there will be a celebration of Metis Culture in Riddell Hall from 8:30am-4:00pm and the actual Convocation Ceremony will take place this Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm at the University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre.

Believe in Yourself; Believe in Metis.

The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community.

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Frank Coyle, Director of Communications
Phone: (204) 586-8474 ext. 374
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