MMF invests $1M to revitalize traditional trade, establish fur company

February 9, 2022

Winnipeg, MB, in the National Homeland of the Red River Métis - The Red River Métis were the economic engine of the Northwest, based in part on our strength as fur trappers and traders. Today, the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is proud to announce a new, one-million-dollar investment into the fur trade, through the establishment of a new fur company.

"The Red River Métis have a long history as trappers and Harvesters, with a keen interest in trade and economic growth," said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. "In the current market, the cost of furs and hides are quite low, making it incredibly difficult for our Harvesters to earn a viable income in this traditional economy. By establishing this company and buying furs and hides at a fair price, we can support a responsible and conservation-minded approach to trapping that helps Citizen Harvesters make a sustainable income for their harvesting efforts, while keeping our wildlife population in balance."

The fur company will also support the growth of Citizen-created microbusinesses that have emerged in the post-pandemic economy. Through the company, furs and hides will be purchased from Red River Métis trappers and Harvesters and sold to new markets, as well as to entrepreneurial Citizen artists and artisans who are practicing traditional crafts like moccasin making and floral beadwork.

"From 1816 and our victory for free trade at the Battle of Seven Oaks, harvesting fur and engaging in trade have been significant parts of our history and culture," said President Chartrand. "Investing in the growth of this traditional economy will bring our Nation home to our roots."

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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis. 

The Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) is the democratic government for the Manitoba Métis, also known as the Red River Métis, the origin and core of the Métis Nation. The Manitoba Métis are Canada's Negotiating Partners in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.

For more information, media may contact:
Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Métis Federation
204-801-7710
Kat.Patenaude@mmf.mb.ca

 


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