Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

December 18, 2009 13:00 ET

Minister Strahl, Provincial Ministers and Metis Leaders Meet to Discuss Metis Economic Development

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-status Indians, and Metis National Council (MNC) President Clement Chartier, together with the MNC Board of Governors, the Metis Settlements General Council and Aboriginal Affairs Ministers from the five western-most provinces met this week to discuss Metis Nation economic development.

This meeting of Ministers and Metis leaders stems in part from the Metis Nation Protocol, signed in September 2008 by President Chartier and Minister Strahl. The Protocol commits the Government of Canada to work with the MNC and its Governing Members on issues important to the Metis Nation.

"This was a historic meeting that brought federal, provincial and Metis leadership to share best practices and discuss the economic development issues, challenges and opportunities facing Metis people across the country," said Minister Strahl. "Through our Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, we are committed to fundamental change in the approach to supporting economic development, one that finds concrete solutions to ensure that Metis, First Nation and Inuit fully share in economic opportunities across Canada."

On December 15, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, the Ministers and Metis leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities of fostering Metis-specific economic development initiatives and programs. It was agreed they would meet again next year and report back on tangible results achieved.

"Making Metis communities 'investment ready' is one area where the partnership of federal, provincial and Metis governments will pay the biggest dividends," said President Chartier. "The economic opportunities before us are great and I am confident we can, and will, work collaboratively towards their realization."

The meeting was followed by a two-day Metis Economic Development Symposium. Officials from the five western-most provinces, the federal government, the Metis National Council and its Governing Members, the Metis Settlements General Council and private industry discussed ways to more effectively utilize existing provincial and federal programs and services to support Metis Nation economic development goals.

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

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    INAC Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Metis National Council:
    Greg Taylor
    Director of Communications
    613-296-9263
    gregt@metisnation.ca