WINNIPEG, June 26, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, along with David Chartrand, President of the Manitoba Metis Federation, today announced the launch of the Manitoba Metis Federation mobile outreach office, which will provide the Métis Nation in Manitoba with improved access to services such as citizenship applications and training and education programs.
Through this investment of more than $500,000 the Government of Canada is helping to increase the availability of services for remote communities, which will assist in closing the socio-economic gap for the Manitoba Métis Nation, especially residents of remote communities.
Supporting the mobile office and access to services for the Métis Nation is an important element of the ongoing work to strengthen reconciliation and renew Canada's relationship with the Métis Nation and its governing bodies.
"We are honoured to be working with the Manitoba Metis Federation on this innovative solution. The MMF Mobile Outreach Office makes a huge impact, bringing information and services directly to the Métis Nation – no matter where they're located in the province. It's through partnerships like this that we are able to advance reconciliation, strengthen our government-to-government relationship, and deliver real and tangible results for people on the ground."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
"I thank Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and her team for working with us on this farsighted, creative, and citizen-focused initiative enhancing services directly into the Manitoba Métis Community. The MMF is a grassroots government, built from the ground up. This mobile office will bring Citizenship and other services directly to our Métis Citizens at home in their villages and towns throughout Manitoba."
President Manitoba Metis Federation
- According to the Census Canada 2011 Household survey, 48% of Métis in Manitoba are resident outside of the main urban centre of Winnipeg.
- The Supreme Court of Canada's Powley decision indicated that the term "Métis" refers to a distinct people of mixed ancestry, who developed their own customs, way of life and recognized group identity separate from their First Nations or Inuit and European forbearers.
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