MMF holds ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6-unit multi-family complex in historic Red River Métis community of St. Boniface

June 12, 2023

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - Today, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the National Government of the Red River Métis, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for at 6-unit multi-family complex in historic Red River Métis community of St. Boniface.

"Given the housing challenges facing our country and our province, it's vital that every level of government actively contributes solutions to address it," said Will Goodon, MMF Minister of Housing and Property Management. "Along with addressing homelessness through initiatives like Fre Maachi, the MMF is actively creating new home-focused programs including rental properties large and small, to help our Red River Métis Citizens thrive through safe and secure housing solutions that meets their needs. There is no doubt in my mind that the MMF is the undisputed leader in construction of affordable homes for Red River Métis Elders, seniors and families across the Homeland, including the hundreds of families who have bought their first homes or repaired their existing homes with our support."

"There are critical infrastructure gaps in Indigenous communities that need to be addressed. Projects like these provide safe, sustainable housing, which is so important to wellbeing. It is important to families in need of a home for their children, to youth experiencing overcrowding, to Elders in need of a safe place to call home. Thank you to the MMF for making these investments that are beneficial now, and will be for generations to come," said the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.

The housing complex is part of the MMF's an ongoing commitment to providing and developing a continuum of housing and housing supports that meet the needs of Red River Métis citizens, including seniors and family housing, homelessness supports, first time home purchases and much-needed repairs to family homes. This is made possible through a long-term commitment to partnership with Canada, built through a framework of nation-to-nation, government-to-government relations.

"A diverse housing market with new and different options for residents of St. Boniface has a direct impact on social and economic outcomes, including for Métis who deserve a safe and affordable place to call home. I'm proud to see this multi-family complex built right here in our community, and I thank the MMF for their commitment to improving the lives of Métis," said the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Minister responsible for Prairiescan and CanNor.

Located in the Norwood area of St. Boniface, the complex is close to transit, medical facilities, schools and grocery stores and includes six units:

  • One single bedroom unit, plus den
  • Two double bedroom units
  • Two three-bedroom units
  • One four-bedroom unit

"With every new house, rental property or repair made to the home of a Red River Métis Citizen, we are slowly regaining the head start that was promised to us in 1870," said Minister Goodon. "Working with Canada, we are helping our Citizens achieve the stability and long-term financial well-being that create a strong legacy for the future of our Nation."




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The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratically elected National Government of the Red River Métis, also known as the Manitoba Métis, the origin and core of the historic Métis Nation. The Red River Métis are Canada's Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.


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Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation

Renelle Arsenault
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

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