Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

November 28, 2008 10:07 ET

Government of Canada and Metis National Council Partnership Forges Ahead

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2008) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, met this week with Metis National Council (MNC) President Clement Chartier to discuss details of the historic Metis Nation Protocol, which was signed earlier this year.

"This is an important partnership for Canada and I am excited at the prospect of continuing to work with the MNC to improve the lives of Metis," stated Minister Strahl. "We are committed to taking steps to ensure that Metis fully share in economic opportunities offered throughout Canada."

This week's meeting marks the first of a series of bilateral discussions between Canada and the MNC. In addition to establishing time lines for future discussions, the meeting focused on identifying a number of priority areas important to the Metis Nation, including war veteran issues, Metis former students of the residential school system and economic development.

"The Metis Nation Protocol represents an opportunity to build a strong and collaborative partnership between the Metis National Council, its provincial Governing Members and the Federal Government," said Clement Chartier, President of the Metis National Council. "This meeting was a productive and encouraging first step towards realizing this goal, and securing a prosperous future for the Metis Nation. Through our work with Minister Strahl, I am confident the MNC will show how an investment in the Metis is an investment in Canada."

"The MNC is committed to making sure Metis veterans receive the benefits they've earned and deserve," said David Chartrand, MNC Vice-President. "We want to ensure our veterans' courageous service and sacrifice for their country is always recognized."

Lauded as a significant turning point in Canada's relationship with Metis, the Metis Nation Protocol is viewed by both parties as ushering in a new era of open dialogue between Canada and the MNC, one that underscores the Government of Canada's strong commitment to working in partnership to improve the lives of all Aboriginal people.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Nina Chiarelli
    Press Secretary - Minister's Office
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160