Manitoba Metis Federation Partners with Steel River Group for Economic Development Opportunities

July 21, 2020

Winnipeg, MB - Today, the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) has announced a new partnership with Steel River Group, a Calgary-based and Indigenous-owned construction and service company in the energy sector, to explore new economic opportunities within the Metis Nation, including mining, energy infrastructure, power generation, and municipal infrastructure.

This new partnership includes a stand-alone joint venture arrangement with Métis N4 Construction, Inc., a diversified Project Management Construction corporation owned by the Metis Economic Development Trust, with 15 upcoming projects including the Wanipigow Silica Sand Extraction Project and the Saskatchewan River Delta project.

"Steel River Group is a progressive company that is aligned with the Manitoba Metis Federation with respect to fostering the preservation of Metis culture and values while championing social sovereignty and economic sustainability for our people," said Jack Park, MMF Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and Chairman of Métis N4 Construction. "This alignment makes capitalizing on economic opportunities easier because it eliminates doubt when it comes to the desired long-term outcomes of these activities."

"Steel River Group is honoured for the opportunity to establish a relationship with such an influential, respected, and far-reaching partner. We look forward to building a long term, transparent, trust-based relationship with the Manitoba Metis Federation and its citizens," said Steel River Group's Founder & CEO Trent Fequet. "Our team has learned from the Manitoba Metis Federation's robust governance practices and this is reflected within our own governance model. These learnings, and how they have been incorporated into our day-to-day practices, will ensure early and meaningful involvement on major projects. We look forward to working together to increase project ownership while championing social sovereignty and solidifying economic sustainability."

The new partnership will now develop a plan to capitalize on the 15 identified business opportunities and create a joint bid team to handle upcoming requests for proposals.


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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 on the MMF, please contact:
Marci Riel
Cell: 204-619-1228

For media information on the Steel River Group, please contact:
Peter Pilarski
CIPR Communications
C: (403) 462-1160


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