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Signatories and witnesses of the Agreement on Advancing
Reconciliation with the Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis
Community. Front row, left to right): Jason Madden, MNO
President Margaret Froh, PCMNO Region 1 Councilor
Theresa Stenlund and Minister of Crown Indigenous
Relations and Northern Affairs Dr. Carolyn Bennett. Back
(left to right): MNO Sunset Country M¨¦tis Council
President Brady Hupet, MNO Northwest M¨¦tis Council
President Ron Robinson, MNO Atikokan and Area M¨¦tis
Council President Marlene Davidson, MNO Kenora M¨¦tis
Council President Joel Henley and Member of
Parliament for Kenora Robert Nault. Click here to view a?
larger version of this picture.
The MNO-Canada Framework Agreement on Advancing Reconciliation with the M¨¦tis Community in Northwestern Ontario was also signed in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill. The Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis community was represented by the Region 1 M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) chartered community councils. The goal of the Framework Agreement is to begin to work together toward a shared solution that addresses the unique history and outstanding claims of the Northwestern M¨¦tis community.
The Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis community was represented at the signing by Region 1 Provisional Council of the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario Councilor Theresa Stenlund and the Presidents of the MNO Sunset Country, Northwest, Kenora and Atikokan and Area M¨¦tis Councils. The Government of Canada was represented by Minister of CrownIndigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Dr. Carolyn Bennett.
¡°Our M¨¦tis community has long struggled to have our unique historic and outstanding collective claims recognized by Canada. While there is much more work to be done, our agreement sets out a way forward through which we hope the promises made to our M¨¦tis ancestors will finally be addressed and resolved,¡± said Councilor Stenlund.
Under the Agreement, Canada and the Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis Community will commit to engage in negotiations that foster an open exchange of ideas through respectful dialogue and frank discussion. This Agreement will seek to advance reconciliation with a view to settling any outstanding claims of the Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis Community, including any M¨¦tis collective claims relating to the Treaty 3 Adhesion of 1875.
¡°This is an important step toward reconciliation with the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario¡¯s Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis Community. We are moving forward through respectful and co-operative dialogue to strengthen our government-to-government relationship and work together to build a better tomorrow with the M¨¦tis people of Northwestern Ontario,¡± said Minister Bennett.
Through these negotiations, the parties will work to address these outstanding claims and enhance the interests and well-being of M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario rights bearing citizens from the Northwestern Ontario M¨¦tis Community.
Posted: Dec. 11, 2017See ALL news articles