Métis Nation of Ontario signs relationship agreement with Great Lakes Power

TORONTO, June 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) and Great Lakes Power Transmission (GLPT), a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, signed a relationship agreement last week in order to guide their future working relationship in Ontario.

"Based on province-wide consultations with Métis communities on the duty to consult in 2007, the MNO's leadership was directed to establish positive working relationships with companies like GLPT in order to guide future engagement and consultation with regional Métis communities in Ontario. I am very pleased that the MNO was able to sign the first of these relationship agreements with GLPT and I applaud GLPT's pro-active efforts in working with the Métis Nation," said MNO President Gary Lipinski.

The relationship agreement commits the MNO and GLPT to working together in a forward-looking, productive and transparent manner. It also set out a process for GLPT to make use of the MNO's consultation framework in order to engage and consult Métis communities on existing and potential project occurring within Métis traditional territories in the province.

Great Lakes Power Transmission manages over 550 km of transmission lines in Ontario and is currently seeking to expand their portfolio to include some of the transmission expansion projects currently under consideration by Ontario Power Authority.

The MNO represents the Métis people and Métis communities within Ontario through a province-wide governance structure at the local, regional and provincial levels. For more information on the MNO as well as its framework for government and companies to consult with Métis communities in Ontario visit www.metisnation.org.

SOURCE Métis Nation of Ontario

For further information: For further information: Melanie Paradis (melaniep@metisnation.org), Phone: 416-977-9881

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