Media Advisory - Métis Leaders Set To Sign Historic Protocol - Crown's Duty to Consult and Accommodate Métis Rights

    TIMMINS, ON, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO)
President, Gary Lipinski, will join with local and regional Métis leadership
in Timmins to sign a historic Protocol later this month, which aims to ensure
the Crown fulfills its constitutional duty to consult and accommodate Métis
rights, interest and way of life in the region.
    Also in attendance at the signing will be: France Picotte, MNO Chair,
Marcel Lafrance, MNO Regional Councillor, Andy Lefebvre, MNO Captain of the
Hunt, Natalie Durocher, President, Métis Nation of Ontario - Timmins, Urgel
Courville, President, Northern Lights Métis Council, Lilian Ethier, President,
Temiskaming Métis Council.
    The Protocol is the first of its kind within the Métis Nation. It commits
various levels of Métis government to work together to ensure all Métis
citizens who live in and use the Métis traditional territories of
Abitibi/Temiscamigue and James Bay will be consulted in relation to upcoming
hydroelectric, mining and forestry developments in these territories.
    "We are building on the Supreme Court of Canada's affirmation of Métis
rights in the landmark Powley case. By working together, we will ensure Métis
citizens will have a say on what is being done on the lands they have relied
on for generations and that have sustained Métis culture, traditions and way
of life," said President Lipinski.
    Lipinski added, "The Protocol also aims to increase opportunities for the
Métis community to engage government and industry in order to ensure Métis
increase their participation in the energy, forestry and mining sectors within
their traditional territories."
    The signing ceremony will be open to all Métis citizens and the public at
the following location:

                      Métis Nation of Ontario - Timmins
                             347 Spruce St. South
                               June 25th, 2008
                                 11:00 a.m.

    The signing ceremony will be followed by a light lunch and entertainment.
The MNO requests that individuals interested in attending RSVP to Andy
Lefebvre at 705-264-3939.

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

For further information:

For further information: or interviews contact: Chelsey Quirk, MNO
Communications Branch, (613) 798-1488, TF: (800) 263-4889,

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