ABBOTSFORD, BC, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - "We're pleased with today's announcement by the federal government to allow the Northern Gateway project to proceed. As President of Métis Nation BC that represents 34 Métis Chartered Communities and many of the nearly 70,000 self-identified Metis in British Columbia, I know first-hand the enormous economic and social opportunities our resource sector can provide to Métis people in BC.
"There are some 17,000 Metis working in the resource sector today in wide-ranging fields from lawyers and accountants to pipefitters, electricians, welders, consultants and engineers. These are good, well-paying jobs that support families and communities, including our Metis communities.
"My organization is mandated to develop and enhance opportunities for Métis communities by implementing culturally relevant social and economic programs and services. Allowing the Northern Gateway to proceed goes a long way toward helping support those initiatives."
Bruce Dumont is President of Metis Nation BC.
SOURCE: Métis Nation BC