Métis Nation-Saskatchewan and Canada set to begin reconciliation negotiations
July 20, 2018 Batoche, SK Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada - Métis Nation-Saskatchewan
The Government of Canada and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan are working together through a respectful and co-operative dialogue to advance reconciliation and renew their relationship for the benefit of Métis in Saskatchewan and all Canadians.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Glen McCallum, President of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan marked a key milestone on the road to reconciliation by signing a historic Framework Agreement. The signing took place at the Back to Batoche Festival.
Under the Framework Agreement, the parties will begin negotiations toward shared and balanced solutions that promote a lasting and meaningful reconciliation and enhance the well-being of Métis Nation-Saskatchewan citizens.
The Framework Agreement establishes a process for discussions about developing a government-to-government relationship between the Crown and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. It also sets out key priorities and topics for future negotiations, including self-government and self-determination.
“Today we are celebrating a key step to strengthen our government-to-government relationship with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. With this framework in place, we are set to move ahead together to find shared solutions that will help close socio-economic gaps and advance our journey toward reconciliation for everyone’s benefit.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
“The framework provides meaningful recognition that Métis people in Saskatchewan have been a part of this land and have contributed to the development of Canada over the past 150 years. This is a historic day and from this framework, we can move forward together to address the issues that affect Métis people and Canada: specifically to advance outstanding Métis claims, support for our government and ensuring our people are supported properly.”
Glen McCallum, President
Métis Nation-Saskatchewan represents the Métis people of Saskatchewan and is affiliated with the Métis National Council.
On February 22, 2018, Canada and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan signed a Memorandum of Understanding for exploratory talks on reconciliation.
These discussions led to today’s signing of the Framework Agreement.
The rights and interests of third parties, other Indigenous peoples and all Canadians will be respected and addressed during the negotiations.
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
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