MNBC President encouraged by Federal Governments commitment to advancing reconciliation for Métis

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(December 15, 2016 – Ottawa) “A very thoughtful and respective dialogue between Canada’s Prime Minister, members of his Cabinet and National Indigenous Leaders” is how MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col described today’s meeting in Ottawa. The meeting was held to discuss the federal government’s progress on various issues involving Indigenous people over the last year, and ways to advance reconciliation with the Métis Nation, First Nations and Inuit.

President Morin Dal Col and other members of the Métis National Council Board of Governors attended the meeting, along with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Prime Minister Trudeau was joined by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Health Jane Philpott, Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic Leblanc.

In today’s meeting, the federal government announced that it would create permanent bilateral mechanisms with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the four Inuit Nunangat Regions, and the Métis National Council and its governing members. In this Kelowna-like process, every year, the government will meet to develop policy on shared priorities, and monitor progress going forward. Similar meetings with key Cabinet Ministers will take place at least twice each year.

The government will also establish an Interim Board of Directors to make recommendations on the creation of a National Council for Reconciliation. The Interim Board will begin an engagement process to develop recommendations on the scope and mandate of the National Council and the government also announced that it will provide $10 million to support the important work of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation located at the University of Manitoba.

President Morin Dal Col said, “This kind of face to face meeting is all part of the new nation to nation and government to government relationship that is occurring between Canada and the Métis Nation and other Indigenous governments, and it is so very essential for us being able to help make a difference in the lives of Métis people.”

She added, “The tone of the meeting and the dialogue that took place gives me confidence that we are indeed moving forward on issues of reconciliation. That is the Prime Minister’s commitment and that commitment is very genuine.”

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Feature photos credit: MNBC and Métis National Council

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