Ontario Métis Receive Funding From Ontario Government To Build Capacity For Crown Consultation

    New Relationship Fund announcement builds on MNO-Ontario Framework

    OTTAWA, Aug. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ontario Government announced today it
will provide $2.6 million to the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) this fiscal
year to support the Métis Nation's consultation framework and to enable Métis
communities to more effectively participate in consultation and accommodation
processes with the Crown and industry in Ontario.
    The funding announcement delivers on the McGuinty Government's commitment
to create a New Relationship Fund, flowing from Justice Linden's
recommendations in the Ipperwash Inquiry Report. The Fund's objective is to
enable First Nations and Métis communities to build core capacity for
effective participation in activities relating to consultation and
accommodation processes with the Crown and industry throughout the province.
    "This announcement is indeed welcome news for Ontario Métis," MNO
President Gary Lipinski said. "It delivers on one of the key recommendations
of the Ipperwash Inquiry Report as well as the Ontario Government's
commitments in the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement, which was signed in
November 2008."
    President Lipinski added, "Equally important, the funding supports the
MNO's unique consultation framework, which was developed and designed by the
Métis people themselves after extensive consultations. This framework respects
the democratic governance structures created by Ontario Métis at the local,
regional and provincial levels, while also ensuring Métis Citizens are
provided the opportunity to be engaged and consulted through a fair, inclusive
and predictable process."
    The MNO's unique consultation framework includes Regional Consultation
Protocols supported by the MNO's Land, Resources and Consultation Branch to
ensure regional rights-bearing Métis communities have access the necessary
technical and environmental expertise required for meaningful consultation and
    President Lipinski concluded, "On behalf of the Métis Nation, I want to
thank Minister Duguid and the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs for working in
partnership with us to ensure the New Relationship Fund meets the Métis
Nation's distinct needs in this province. This announcement represents yet
another positive outcome from the MNO-Ontario Framework Agreement process and
will benefit Métis children, families and communities in this province."

    For more information on the MNO and its unique consultation framework
visit: www.metisnation.org/consultations.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage, with an ancestral homeland that extends across Ontario,
Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and into the Northwest
Territories and the northwestern United States. The Métis played an
instrumental role in the shaping of Canada, and work tirelessly to share their
culture, traditions and knowledge of the environment with their fellow
Canadians. Today, the Métis live, work, raise their families and pay taxes in
communities from Ontario westward.

For further information:

For further information: Joanne Meyer, MNO Intergovernmental Relations,
(416) 977-9881, ext. 101, (416) 528-6152 (cell), or joannem@metisnation.org

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