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Message from Manitoba Metis Federation Leader
President David Chartrand

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The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry recognized that the current child and family services failed the Metis people in this province. The MOU signed between the MMF and the Province of Manitoba on February 22, 2000 marks a significant turning point in the history of the Metis people of Manitoba. We are pleased that this provincial government recognizes the right of Metis people to care for our children and communities.

This process honours our Metis ancestors and their contribution to Manitoba and Canada by returning the authority – the right and the responsibility – to care for our children, families and communities, to the Metis people.

The Metis people are well positioned to take on all responsibilities regarding the future health, development and governance of the Metis in Manitoba. We look forward to the challenges and opportunities provided by the restructuring of the Child and Family System to better reflect the cultural uniqueness and diversity of Manitoba.

I understand that much work needs to be done and the process, while long awaited, will require the concerted effort of all parties in order to bear the fruit of healthy children and families. I would like to thank all the participants in the process for their hard work and dedication in achieving this most important objective.

We look forward to working with the Province and the First Nations under the joint protocol, towards the recognition of jurisdiction of the Metis People, enhancement of the lives of the Metis People of Manitoba, ensuring the protection of our children and the preservation of our culture.



Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs - Grand Chief Dennis White Bird
Manitoba Metis Federation - President David Chartrand
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak - Chief Francis Flett
Minister of Northern Affairs - The Honourable Eric Robinson
Minister of Family Services and Housing -The Honourable Tim Sale


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