Minister: David Chartrand
Associate Minister: Denise Thomas

Additions to Reserve and Treaty Land Entitlement

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) continues to engage with Canada to identify the potential impacts which proposed addition of lands to First Nation reserves in Manitoba will have on the rights, claims and interests of our Red River Métis Citizens. The MMF and Canada have developed a multi-year funding Agreement facilitating the MMF to undertake the work of engaging Red River Métis Citizens and identifying potential impacts on a site-by-site basis.

Federal Land Disposals and Divestitures

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada found that the Federal Government breached the honour of the Crown as it failed to implement the long outstanding contract of lands owed to the Red River Métis. This history helps inform the MMF's work with regard to Crown Lands. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for disposing and divesting federally owned lands that are deemed "surplus" and no longer necessary for Crown purposes.

The MMF and PSPC engage in a process where PSPC identifies and notifies the MMF of Federal Land to be disposed or divested in the near future. Notification of newly identified disposals/divestitures are communicated through monthly updates between MMF staff and PSPC. The MMF continues to work with Canada to advance reconciliation and address any concerns or opportunities this process poses.

Kivahiktuq Agreement

The MMF has engaged with Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) regarding the intent to consult the MMF on the proposed Kivahiktuq Agreement. The Agreement is a trilateral lands claims agreement between Canada, Manitoba, and the Inuit, and sets out Inuit harvesting, land ownership, and other related rights within a specified area of Northeastern Manitoba. The MMF has been working with legal counsel to navigate discussions with Canada and to ensure Red River Métis rights, claims, and interests are protected.

The MMF's Energy, Infrastructure & Resource Management Department held a Community Consultation Meeting specific to the Kivahiktuq Agreement in Thompson, on September 18th, 2021. Red River Métis Citizens can expect additional Community Consultation Meetings specific to this Agreement.

Small Craft Harbours

In 2016, the MMF began to receive notifications from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) regarding the federal government's intended divestiture of recreational Small Craft Harbours. Through consultation with DFO over the proposed divestitures, the MMF has been able to ensure continued access to the harbours to protect and preserve Red River Métis harvesting rights.

The MMF and the Town of Lac du Bonnet have registered a caveat that protects access to the Lac du Bonnet Wharf Site. This agreement will be used as a template for future Small Craft Harbours divestitures.

Lac du Bonnet Gun Range and Education Centre

The Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Association (LDBWA) is proposing to construct a Gun Range and Education Centre on Crown land within the RM of Lac du Bonnet. The proposed project will consist of a rifle range, handgun range, trap range, trap house, clubhouse, and parking lot. Our Red River Métis Harvesters continue to use and rely on this area to exercise their Section 35 Métis harvesting rights and raised several concerns to the MMF in relation to this proposed project.

The MMF held a Community Consultation Meeting, on September 14th, 2021, to further discuss this proposed project. The objective of this meeting was to identify potential impacts to Red River Métis harvesting rights, understand people's thoughts and concerns, and identify mitigation or accommodation measures that could be taken in relation to the proposed development. Following this meeting, the MMF submitted a Feedback Report to Manitoba that addressed the thoughts and concerns identified at the community meeting. Manitoba has issued a Work Permit that allows the development to continue, however, additional conditions were added to the permit that address the concerns brought forward at the September 14th, 2021 community meeting.

For questions concerning the Lands portfolio, you may contact Riley Bartel, Conservation Coordinator, by phone at (204) 586-8474 or by email at riley.bartel@mmf.mb.ca.

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