OTTAWA, June 27, 2019 /CNW/ – Today, the government of Canada continued its commitment to renew nation-to-nation and government-to-government relationships with the Métis, based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.
The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, signed Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Agreements with the President of the Métis Nation of Alberta Audrey PoitrasPresident of the Métis Nation of Ontario Margaret Froh and the President of the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Glen McCallum.
These agreements affirm the Métis right to self-government and recognize the mandates of the Métis Nation of albertathe Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. The agreements also set out the next steps to formally recognize Métis governments as Indigenous governments in Canadian law.
While the Métis Nation of albertathe Métis Nation of Ontario and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan already have well-established provincial governance structures, the agreements signed today address recognition of Métis jurisdiction in key areas of governance (citizenship, leadership selection and government operations). They also set out the processes for negotiating other agreements in other jurisdictions in the future.
A fundamental part of this process will be the Métis Nation of albertathe Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan undertakes extensive outreach and consultation with its citizens to further the implementation of Métis self-government.
The parties also commit to continue to develop shared and balanced solutions that advance reconciliation, enhance community well-being, and respect the rights and interests of all Canadians.
“By signing these historic agreements today, our government is taking a fundamental step in advancing reconciliation and transforming our relationship with the Métis Nation of albertathe Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. We are committed to advancing self-determination by strengthening our government-to-government relationships. »
The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, MD, PC, MP
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
“This is a historic day for the Métis Nation of Alberta. Since 1928, our people have fought with passion and determination for this recognition as the government of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Today marks the beginning of a true government-to-government relationship with Canada based on reconciliation and recognition of our place in the confederation. »
President Audrey Poitras
Métis Nation of alberta
“Our communities and leaders have worked tirelessly for decades to recognize Métis rights and self-government in Ontario. The NMO fought for recognition of Métis rights and won the landmark Powley decision in the Supreme Court of Canada. By signing this Self-Government Agreement, we have taken an important and historic step for the Métis Nation of Ontario, our citizens and our communities. We look forward to continuing to advance our government-to-government relationships with Canada and with Ontario, based on the recognition and respect of our inherent rights to self-determination and self-government. Our Métis citizens and communities will rise to the exciting challenge of developing an authentic, visionary, responsive and accountable 21st century Métis government that will serve our citizens and communities for generations to come. »
President, Métis Nation of Ontario
“Today is a day to celebrate the heritage of our Métis ancestors and the future of our children. For more than a century, our people have fought – figuratively and literally – for recognition, respect and a rightful place in Canadian society. This agreement recognizes our people’s right to self-government and a true nation-to-nation relationship. We are able to stand today because we stand on the shoulders of giants and on the cusp of a brighter tomorrow.
- Section 35 of from Canada Constitution Act 1982 recognizes the Aboriginal rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis.
- The Supreme Court of from Canada 2003 Powley decision was the first major Aboriginal rights case that set out the criteria for Métis rights under section 35.
- Accelerating the formal recognition of Métis self-government was a priority identified in the Framework Agreements for Advancing Reconciliation signed by Canada and each of the Métis Nation of albertathe Métis Nation of Ontario and the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan in 2017-2018.
- Today’s announcement marks a key milestone in ongoing negotiations to advance reconciliation under these framework agreements.
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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
For further information: media may contact: Matthew Dillon-Leitch, Director of Communications, Office of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-934-2302, [email protected]; Rolando Inzunza, Director of Communications and Citizen Engagement, Métis Nation of Alberta, 780-455-2200, ext. 395; Marc St. Germain, Communications Manager, Métis Nation of Ontario, 613-798-1488, ext. 119; John Fenton, Director of Media Relations, Navigator, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan, 416-642-5228