The Metis National Council

The Metis National Council
Manitoba Metis Federation

Manitoba Metis Federation

August 23, 2007 19:04 ET

Injunction Sought to Protect Metis National Council

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - Metis National Council (MNC) President Clement Chartier and Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand announced today that a court injunction is being sought to protect democracy and restore order to the Metis National Council. The matter will be heard before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on September 6th 2007.

The request for an injunction was prompted by the attempts of several MNC Board of Governors to wrongfully remove MNC President Chartier on July 31st of this year, which has placed the programs, administration and credibility of the MNC in jeopardy. "The actions of several of the Board of Governors not only places the MNC in a weakened position nationally, these actions also circumvent democracy and the power of the people" stated fellow Board of Governor and MMF President David Chartrand. According to Chartrand it is only the MNC General Assembly that has the final authority to remove a sitting President, and only then with just cause.

MNC President Chartier continues to put the priorities of the Metis Nation at the forefront and confirms his willingness to cooperate in finding a solution. "We move forward on the basis that all involved recognize the injunction as a matter of principle and follow our pursuit of compromise, which is ultimately in the best interest of our people" stated Chartier.

The interim order will preserve the 'status quo' of the MNC, which Chartier and Chartrand allege has been compromised as attempts have been made to cancel contracts and change MNC Ministerial appointments following the wrongful removal of President Chartier.

"As Board of Governors of the MNC we are there to represent the people we serve in each of our provinces" stated MMF President Chartrand, "While my first priority is to resolve matters of governance outside the courts, we must ensure the integrity of the national assembly and the democratic process of the people is never compromised".

Both Chartier and Chartrand hope the injunction will provide expeditious resolutions that will protect the precious resources and restore the credibility of the national office, so that the focus can return to advancing the Metis Nation Agenda.

Contact Information

  • Metis National Council
    Clement Chartier
    (306) 221-9861
    or
    Manitoba Metis Federation
    Nicole Leclair
    Director of Communications
    (204) 586-8474 ext. 374 or Cell: (204) 232-5737
    Email: nleclair@mmf.mb.ca