Canada and Manitoba Metis Federation reach agreement on Kapyong Barracks

News release

May 3, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Government of Canada and the Manitoba Metis Federation have resolved an outstanding litigation related to Canada’s planned sale of the former Kapyong Barracks land in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The settlement supports the development of a renewed nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationship between the Manitoba Metis Federation and Canada.

Both parties remain committed to working together to advance reconciliation and strengthen the relationship through co-operation and respect for Métis rights. 


“This settlement is a demonstration of Canada’s commitment to strengthening their relationship with our Manitoba Métis Community. I am pleased that we have been able to negotiate a way forward that recognizes the importance of our government-to-government partnership and respects the rights of the Manitoba Métis – Canada’s negotiating partner in the creation of this province.”

David Chartrand LL.D (hon.), O.M., President, Manitoba Metis Federation  

“National Defence is committed to renewing relationships with Indigenous peoples in the communities where we operate. This settlement will help strengthen our relationship with the Manitoba Métis. In the spirit of reconciliation, we look forward to building on this foundation.”

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence 

“This settlement demonstrates our commitment to advance reconciliation and resolve outstanding issues through a respectful and collaborative dialogue. We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with Manitoba Metis Federation on our shared priorities to build a better future together.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P., Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“As a life-long Manitoban, I’ve witnessed the many ways in which the distinct culture of the Métis Nation has shaped our province’s identity. This settlement will help to further strengthen our relationship with the Manitoba Métis Community and demonstrates our government’s resolve and commitment to putting reconciliation into action, through co-operation and respect for Métis rights.” 

The Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies

Quick facts

  • The settlement includes financial and other components to advance reconciliation with the Manitoba Métis. Further details on the settlement are confidential.

  • The Department of National Defence is continuing with its existing plans to sell the former Kapyong Barracks land, as announced on August 30, 2019.


For the Manitoba Metis Federation:

Kat Patenaude
Media Relations Advisor
Manitoba Metis Federation
Cell: 204-801-7710

For the Government of Canada:

Daniel Minden
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-904-3333

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