Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario sign Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation with Métis Community in Northwestern Ontario
“This is an important step toward reconciliation with the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Northwestern Ontario Métis Community. We are moving forward through respectful and co-operative dialogue to strengthen our government-to-government relationship and work together to build a better tomorrow with the Métis people of Northwestern Ontario.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
“Our Métis community has long struggled to have our unique historic and outstanding collective claims recognized by Canada. While there is much more work to be done, our agreement sets out a way forward through which we hope the promises made to our Métis ancestors will finally be addressed and resolved.”
Regional Councilor (Region#1-Northwestern Ontario), Métis Nation of Ontario
Today, the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario also signed a historic tripartite Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation.
The Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation with the Northwestern Ontario Métis Community complements these overall reconciliation discussions.
The Northwestern Ontario Métis Community is represented by the following Métis Nation of Ontario community councils: Sunset Country, Kenora, Atikokan and Northwest Métis Community Councils.
The rights and interests of third parties, other Indigenous peoples and all Canadians will be respected and addressed during the negotiations.
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Métis Nation of Ontario
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