Media Advisory - Métis Nation of Ontario to issue statement concerning Statistics Canada analysis of data on Aboriginal peoples from the 2006 Census



    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Métis Nation of Ontario President
Tony Belcourt will be issuing a statement before 12:00 EDT today, concerning
the recent Statistics Canada analysis of data on Aboriginal peoples from the
2006 Census and will be available for comment following this. The newly
releases statistics have a huge significance to the Métis, particularly in the
province of Ontario, where the data shows a 242% increase in population from
the 1996 to the 2006 Census.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centres around
Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, parts of the
Northwest Territories, as well as the northwestern United States. The Métis
played an instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to
share their culture, music, traditions and knowledge of the environment with
their fellow Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and
pay taxes in communities all across Canada.




For further information:

For further information: see the MNO website at: www.metisnation.org Or
Contact: Katelin Peltier, Acting Manager of Communications, Work: (613)
798-1488 Ext. 108, Cell: (613) 859-7130, katelinp@metisnation.org


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