Métis Sign Historic Agreement on Consultation

    MIDLAND, ON, April 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Gary Lipinski, President of the
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) joined Métis leaders in Midland on Monday to
sign a historic Regional Consultation Protocol (Protocol) that covers the
Métis traditional territory of Geogian Bay. This territory roughly includes
Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties with over 3,000 Métis citizens living within
the region.
    The signing represented the culmination of months of community meetings
and discussions with Métis citizens and puts in place a consultation model
that ensures the regional rights-bearing Métis community that lives in, uses
and relies on the Georgian Bay traditional territory is effectively consulted.
    "This protocol builds on the Supreme Court of Canada's affirmation of
Métis rights in the landmark Powley case. By working together in a fair,
inclusive and transparent manner, the MNO will ensure all Métis in the region
will have a say on what is being done on the lands they have relied on for
generations to sustain Métis culture, traditions and way of life," said
President Lipinski.
    President Lipinski added, "This historic Protocol aims to ensure the
Crown fulfills its constitutional duty to consult while creating opportunities
for all Métis in the region to engage government and industry in order to
ensure Métis increase their participation in the energy, forestry and
commercial fishing sectors within their traditional territory."
    President Lipinski was joined for the signing by Alden Barty, President
of the Georgian Bay Métis Council, Malcolm Dixon, President of the Grey-Owen
Sound Métis Council, Larry Duval, President of the Moon River Métis Council,
Louise Goulding, MNO Deputy Captain of the Hunt and MNO Regional Councillor,
Pauline Saulnier.
    This is the fifth Protocol signed between MNO and its Chartered Métis
Community Councils throughout the province. It is a way to ensure governments
as well as industry are engaging and consulting Métis in Ontario, consistent
with the Crown's duty to consult and accommodate all Aboriginal peoples. For
more information about the MNO, the Crown's duty to consult and the MNO's work
in this area visit www.metisnation.org/consultation.

For further information:

For further information: or interviews contact: Chelsey Quirk, MNO
Communications, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-800-263-4889

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