OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Métis National Council President Clément
Chartier today expressed his deep disappointment over the new Urban
Aboriginal Strategy announced by Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister
"In cities with the largest Aboriginal population in Canada such as
Winnipeg and Edmonton, the Métis are the clear majority of that
population, yet once again we are being ignored," stated President
Chartier. "We have elected Métis governments in these cities with a
democratic mandate and a proven track record in economic development
and job creation that the Harper government has decided to bypass. "
According to President Chartier, the MNC had initially welcomed the
restructuring of UAS to focus on economic programs.
"We even told the previous Minister that if the old bureaucrat-heavy UAS
could not be reprofiled for economic development, it should be scrapped
and the savings applied to deficit reduction."
President Chartier added: "Any serious assessment of the situation in
the cities on the prairies would have concluded that Métis Nation
government was most capable of delivering the program in view of its
efficient infrastructure for training, employment, housing and business
financing. Instead the federal government has opted for an organization
that its own news release recognizes as a provider of cultural-based
programs. How is that going to help economic development?"
The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and
international levels. The Métis Nation's homeland includes the 3
Prairie Provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the
Northwest Territories and the northern United States. There are
approximately 350,000 - 400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada,
roughly a quarter of all Aboriginal peoples in the country.
SOURCE: Métis National Council
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