President Dr. David N. Chartrand, LL.D. (hons), O.M.

President David Chartrand, LL.D., O.M., is a Red River Métis politician and activist who has served as the elected President of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, since 1997.

For more than two decades, he has worked to advance the rights, claims and interests of the Red River Métis. He has played and continues to play an instrumental role in the resurgence of his Nation across its traditional Homeland in what is now Manitoba and across parts of Canada. He is the longest serving President of the MMF's history, currently serving an unprecedented eighth term, following a historic acclamation of all MMF elected officials.

Under President Chartrand's leadership, the MMF and the Red River Métis people have experienced a significant revival. As President he has led notable advances in culture and language revitalization, rights protection, land claim negotiations, and the resurgence of the Red River Métis as economic leaders in a variety of sectors.

In recent years, the MMF has also evolved to provide many programs and services to its Citizens. To support their economic and social well-being, the MMF provides education and training supports to its Citizens such as financial support for students in post-secondary educational institutions, financial assistance for Citizens purchasing or upgrading their homes, and loans and other financing, as well as business supports, for Red River Métis business owners and entrepreneurs.

President Chartrand follows in the footsteps of another visionary Red River Métis leader, Louis Riel, a politician, founder of the province of Manitoba, and a political leader of the Red River Métis, championing the rights of his people.

President Chartrand's dedication to the pursuit of these rights allowed the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, to take their concerns to the Supreme Court of Canada, ultimately winning a decision in 2013 that states "[t]he unfinished business of reconciliation of the Métis people with Canadian sovereignty is a matter of national and constitutional import" and issued a declaration "[t]hat the federal Crown failed to implement the land grant provision set out in section 31 of the Manitoba Act, 1870 in accordance with the honour of the Crown".

On July 6, 2021, President Chartrand signed the Manitoba Métis Self-Government Recognition and Implementation Agreement with Canada, which recognizes and acknowledges the Manitoba Métis Federation as the national government of the Red River Métis. This agreement paves the way for a modern-day treaty between the Red River Métis and Canada.

In recognition of his deep and ongoing commitment to his people and society as a whole, President Chartrand has been presented with numerous honours and awards.

For his dedication to the Red River Métis people, his devotion to family and community, and for his enduring service and development work, The University of Winnipeg bestowed on President Chartrand an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) in 2012.

In 2013, he was invested into the Order of Manitoba in recognition of his demonstrated excellence and achievement benefiting the social, cultural or economic well-being of Manitoba and its residents.

In 2017, President Chartrand received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers for his exceptional volunteer achievements and advancement of the cause of the Métis at both the provincial and national levels and dedication to community, creating greater opportunities for all Manitobans.

In 2022, he became the first Indigenous recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the India Canada Cultural and Heritage Association.

Also in 2022, President Chartrand received the Lanza Llanera Order of Democracy from the Republic of Colombia's Assembly of Meta Department for his leadership in improving the living conditions of the Indigenous communities of Colombia and fostering international fair-trade relationships in agricultural production, ancestral wisdom and medicines.

When asked what his greatest accomplishment as President has been, he said: "Giving back to my people and protecting the future for our youth."

President Chartrand is married to Glorian, and has two children, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Honours and Awards:

2023

  • The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal

2022

  • The first Indigenous recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the India Canada Cultural and Heritage Association.
  • Lanza Llanera Order of Democracy from the Republic of Colombia's Assembly of Meta Department

2017

  • The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

2013

  • The Order of the Métis Nation

2012

  • Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, University of Winnipeg;
  • The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal;

2012

  • The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal; as well as:
  • The Golden Eagle Award presented by the Indigenous Women's Collective
  • Presentation of an Eagle Feather from the Ontario Association of Friendship Centres
  • Inducted to the Wall of honour by the Winnipeg Indian and Métis Friendship Centre
  • Honorary Fisherman and inducted to the Fisherman's Hall of Fame at the Annual Manipogo Festival of the community of St. Laurent
  • The Manitoba Order of the Sash by resolution of the Métis Nation at the 36th Annual General Assembly of the Manitoba Métis Federation

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