Métis Nation and Federal Government Officially Sign Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Contribution Agreement
June 13, 2019
Ottawa, ON – Today, following the annual Crown-Métis Nation Summit, members of the Métis Nation’s leadership and the federal Minister of Veterans Affairs officially signed the $30-million Métis Veterans Recognition Payment Contribution Agreement.
“Métis Nation Veterans of the Second World War have finally been recognized,” said Clément Chartier, President of the Metis National Council (MNC).
Today’s signing comes after nearly 20 years of lobbying and negotiating by Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President and the Métis Nation’s Minister Responsible for Veterans, David Chartrand.
“Today’s signing is about so much more than money,” stated Minister Chartrand. “This agreement shows that the sacrifice of Métis Soldiers will now be properly recognized and that they and their families know the country they so bravely fought for, is in fact, grateful.”
“Métis Citizens from across Canada have proudly served, and their courage and contributions are a source of honour to their families, to their communities and to all Canadians,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of Veterans Affairs. “Addressing the concerns of Métis Veterans is a significant step forward in the process of reconciliation. The Government of Canada will continue working to ensure that the needs of Indigenous Canadians, including Métis Citizens, are met.”
“This is a very good first step for our Community, Families, and for the Métis Veterans themselves,” added Minister Chartrand. “With this announced funding from the Trudeau government, we can continue on a path of recognition and reconciliation for all of our Citizens, particularly those who fought for Canada and the freedoms we all enjoy today.”
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