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Manitoba Metis Federation Congratulates Metis Nation – Saskatchewan
For Successful Assemblies on Electoral Reform
For Immediate Release – April 23, 2007
Winnipeg, Manitoba – This past Saturday, April 21, 2007, the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan (MNS) Legislative and General Assemblies in Saskatoon unanimously approved, enacted and ratified the Saskatchewan Metis Electoral Package 2007 making an election for the Provincial Metis Council possible in the coming months.
“I want to congratulate all the delegates for their determination in moving forward in strengthening their Metis government and making their voice heard,” said Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President David Chartrand. “Over the past few years, their membership and leadership have made great sacrifices to overcome the obstacles they faced with little recognition and no funding.”The assemblies successfully accepted the Electoral Package which included an Amendment to the Constitution of the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan, a Resolution appointing the Chief Electoral Officer for the 2007 election, and a new Saskatchewan Metis Elections Act 2007.
As Metis National Council (MNC) Vice-President, and MNC Minister responsible for the MNS election file, President Chartrand was invited to open the assemblies and give closing remarks. “I was greatly honoured to have been able to bring greetings on behalf of MNC President Clement Chartier and to participate in the proceeding. I want to thank both the Independent Oversight Committee and MNS Provincial Metis Council for asking me to attend.”
“Special recognition must be given to MNS Acting President Guy Bouvier for his dedication to the Metis people, his protection of their constitution, and his commitment to the ideals of democracy,” President Chartrand went on to say. “I also want to thank Minister Jim Prentice, Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Minister Maynard Sontag, Saskatchewan Minister of First Nations and Metis Relations, for their support and assistance to date and in the upcoming MNS election.”
“The MMF looks forward to working with the MNS,” President Chartrand concluded. “Their continued and full participation in the governance of the Metis Nation in the months and years ahead will help provide a strong voice to address our common challenges. Together with our other Metis Nation Governments we will protect our rights and interests across the Homeland.”
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