Métis Nation Saskatchewan Elections Applauded by MNO

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Métis Nation of Ontario President (MNO)
Tony Belcourt congratulates the Métis Nation Saskatchewan on holding its
successful province-wide ballot box elections yesterday. Preliminary results
indicate that Robert Doucette has been elected President by a wide margin.
Mr. Belcourt is on hand in Saskatoon today to extend his personal
congratulations to the newly elected Provincial Métis Council.
    "We congratulate the citizens of the Métis Nation Saskatchewan on this
very important occasion. We regret that the circumstances of the previous
election left the Métis Nation citizens of Saskatchewan without the strong
voice they deserve to represent their interests at home, nationally and
internationally", Mr. Belcourt said. "Our people in Ontario welcome the fact
that Métis citizens of Saskatchewan have chosen their leadership in a fair and
democratic process and that we can now work together to strengthen our Nation
throughout our homeland from Ontario to British Columbia. I look forward to
working with the leadership of the Métis Nation Saskatchewan to address the
many issues of common concern so that we can build a better place for our
people today and for our children tomorrow", Mr. Belcourt concluded.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage, and with an ancestral Homeland that centres 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: visit the MNO website at: www.metisnation.org
or contact: Avery Hargreaves, Communications Assistant, (613) 798-1488, Ext.
108, Cell: (613) 294-1148, averyh@metisnation.org; Tony Belcourt, President,
(613) 791-5056

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