Creating Jobs, Expanding Economic Opportunities for Métis Citizens

    McGuinty Government Helps Métis Build Technical Skills and Expertise

    OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ -


    Ontario is providing the Métis Nation of Ontario with the resources they
need to create jobs and develop business partnerships.
    Through the New Relationship Fund, the Métis Nation of Ontario
(, on behalf of its 26 community councils, will be
able to hire and train new staff to improve communication with the government
and private sector. These positions will include people who have technical
skills in energy, forestry and mining and expertise in consultation,
traditional land use and knowledge management.
    The New Relationship Fund will enhance business and economic development
opportunities, thereby improving the quality of life for Métis citizens in


    "Our government is helping Métis people participate in the economy in a
much greater way by providing them with the capacity and resources they need.
Being able to better engage the government and private sector will have a
positive economic impact in their communities and all of Ontario."
    - Brad Duguid, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

    "This announcement is indeed welcome news for the Métis Nation of
Ontario. It will enable our communities to more effectively engage with the
Ontario Government and industry on consultation and accommodation issues. I
applaud the McGuinty government's ongoing commitment to ensuring the New
Relationship Fund is implemented, in the face of these challenging economic
times in the province."
    - Gary Lipinski, Métis Nation of Ontario President


    -   The New Relationship Fund will provide a total of $2.6 million to
        Métis Nation of Ontario in 2009-10.
    -   Establishing a fund to provide resources and skills to Aboriginal
        communities and organizations was a key recommendation of the Report
        of the Ipperwash Inquiry released in May 2007.
    -   In the 2006 Census, 73,605 Ontarians identified themselves as Métis.


    New Relationship Fund

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For further information: Scott Cavan, Minister's Office, (416) 314-7395;
Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 314-9455

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