Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 24, 2007 17:32 ET

Statement by the Honourable Chuck Strahl and Parliamentary Secretary, Rod Bruinooge, on the Funding Situation of the Metis National Council

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - The Metis National Council was unable to elect a national president at its General Assembly on October 13-14, 2007.

As a result, the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development cannot enter into any new funding arrangements with the Metis National Council until it is able to comply with the court order of electing a new national president.

However, in the meantime, the Department will continue to honour funding agreements that are near completion, and will work to finalize the reporting and accounting of these funding arrangements as soon as possible.

This is a difficult moment in the proud history of the Metis National Council. We urge the leadership to resolve these internal matters for the benefit of the broader Metis community.

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