Province And Métis Nation Of Ontario To Renew Discussions
July 13, 2007
Joint News Release
THUNDER BAY – The Ontario government and the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) are committed to renewed discussions on Métis harvesting, Minister of Natural Resources David Ramsay and MNO President Tony Belcourt announced in Thunder Bay at the MNO Annual Assembly.“Ontario is committed to respecting Métis food harvesting rights,” Ramsay said. “We look forward to undertaking renewed discussions with the Métis Nation of Ontario.”
“MNO is prepared to work with MNR in a spirit of cooperation,” said Belcourt. “We have always been committed to conservation and to a working relationship with the Ontario government.”
A recent Ontario Court of Justice decision stayed charges against three men who held harvesting cards issued by the Métis Nation of Ontario. Ontario will not appeal the decision of the court.
Today at the Métis Nation of Ontario assembly in Thunder Bay, Minister Ramsay and President Belcourt committed to a renewed relationship and will work together respecting the July 7, 2004 agreement.
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