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Saskatoon, SK (January 22, 2007) – After years of uncertainty, the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan has finally set the wheels in motion to hold a long awaited, much anticipated province-wide Métis election.
A meeting was held today in Saskatoon to work out the initial details leading up to a Métis Nation Legislative Assembly (MNLA) this spring and stemming from this meeting was political direction to host and coordinate a Métis Nation election in Saskatchewan.
In following its governance structure, the MN-S will host an MNLA on April 20th and if necessary, a general assembly will be held April 21st. At that time, a motion will be put forward to accept an August date for the next MN-S election. Acting in the capacity as MN-S President Guy Bouvier says, “I am extremely relieved that we appear to be on the right track toward resolving our outstanding election issue. Of course, this is contingent on the continued cooperation of the federal and provincial governments in agreeing to finance an MNLA, general assembly and Métis Nation election. However, I am confident this process will move forward.”
Provincial Treasurer for the MN-S Ray Laliberte says, “While we have to at the same time, deal with the challenges of developing a constitution, as MN-S elected leaders we have the obligation to provide the kind of democratic democracy and transparency that our people require. Through this process, we are endeavoring to fulfill our obligations while at the same time continuing to build a constitution that has self-government and land as its main focus.”
Also, a working committee has been formed to draft a budget and coordinate the hiring of someone to receive the possible constitutional changes presented at the MNLA which may be required prior to the election.
In conclusion, Mr. Bouvier says, “We are at the cusp of making dramatic and meaningful changes and with this election process in Saskatchewan we remain in control of our future. I strongly encourage Métis across this province to reach out and embrace this opportunity by getting involved to help make a difference. The time for change is now!”
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