Métis Nation of Ontario Congratulates Liberal Party - Establishes New Agenda

    OTTAWA, Oct. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis Nation of Ontario would like to
congratulate Dalton McGuinty, and the Liberal party, on being re-elected in
Ontario - they would also like to continue advancing their new relationship
that began during McGuinty's previous term.
    The Métis Nation of Ontario is eager to begin developing a Métis Nation
agenda for the next four-year term of the McGuinty government and looks
forward to the milestones ahead.
    "Prior to the election, Mr. McGuinty and his government put in place the
foundations for the development of a relationship with the Métis Nation," said
Métis Nation of Ontario President, Tony Belcourt. "We applaud Mr. McGuinty on
his decision to implement a stand alone Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. We are
grateful that after more than a decade of court battles, the government
decided not to appeal our victory in the provincial court, which upheld the
historic MNO/MNR agreement of July, 2004. We are anxious to work with the new
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs in the development of a framework agreement
that will, for the first time, establish an appropriate relationship,
recognizing the Métis people and the historic Métis communities in Ontario."

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centers 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: Chelsey Quirk, Communications Assistant, Work: (613) 798-1488 Ext.
104, Cell: (613) 299-6085, chelseyq@metisnation.org

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