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IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MéTIS PEOPLE AIM OF HISTORIC TALKS
Tuesday, April 8, 2008 — Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Press Release
Improving the quality of life for Métis people in Ontario is the aim of historic talks announced today by Michael Bryant, Ontario Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, and Tony Belcourt, President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).The new proposed Framework Agreement will also serve to further strengthen the relationship between the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Government of Ontario and make the engagement process more effective.
To support these discussions the Government of Ontario announced new funding of $200,000 toward development of the framework agreement.
“Today marks a watershed in the history of the Métis Nation and Ontario,” said MNO President, Tony Belcourt. “It signals the beginning of a new era in which our relationship will now be based on respect of the Métis Nation, the recognition of the Métis consistent with our existing constitutional rights as one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada, and the appropriate working relationship that will flow from this respect and recognition.”
“Improving the quality of life for Métis people in Ontario is the aim of this historic path on which we are setting out together,” said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Michael Bryant. “This next step in discussions truly reflects the social and political growth in the relationship between the Métis Nation of Ontario and the Government of Ontario.”
The Métis are one of the “Aboriginal peoples” named in Canada’s Constitution, the Constitution Act, 1982.
Ontario currently provides the Métis Nation of Ontario with more than $5 million in annual funding for programs and services.
Greg Crone, Minister’s Office, 416-606-8562
Merike Nurming, Communications Branch, 416-326-4079
Katelin Peltier, MNO Communications Manager, 613-859-7130
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