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Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Dr. Carolyn
Bennett accepting a gift from MNO President Gary Lipinski
at the 2015 MNO Annual General Assembly in Midland.On November 4, 2015, M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski offered his congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Bennett on her appointment as the federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
¡°The MNO was very pleased to hear of the appointment of Dr. Carolyn Bennett as Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. ?We have had a long association with Minister Bennett,¡± explained President Lipinski. ¡°In her previous capacity as Aboriginal Affairs critic for the Liberal Party, she was a regular guest at MNO¡¯s Annual General Assemblies and our Louis Riel Day ceremonies.¡±
¡°During the election campaign Prime Minister Trudeau made several important commitments to the M¨¦tis Nation,¡± added President Lipinski. ?¡°We are hopeful that with this new government, advancing and achieving reconciliation between Canada and the M¨¦tis Nation can finally become a reality,¡± explained President Lipinski.
In its M¨¦tis-specific policy platform, the Liberal Party committed to a renewed ¡°nation-to-nation relationship¡± with the M¨¦tis Nation, and to establishing a federal claims process that sets out a framework to address M¨¦tis rights protected by s. 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, that recognizes M¨¦tis self-government and resolves outstanding M¨¦tis claims against the Crown. ?It also committed to ¡°undertak[ing] a collaborative review, in partnership with M¨¦tis communities, of existing federal programs and services available to the M¨¦tis Nation, to identify gaps and areas where strategic investments are needed in order to improve M¨¦tis quality of life¡± and creating a five-year M¨¦tis Economic Development Strategy with an immediate investment of $25 million over five years.
¡°The MNO looks forward to meeting with Minister Bennett and to working together with the new Liberal Government in implementing these M¨¦tis-specific commitments, as well as its other commitments to Indigenous people, for a stronger M¨¦tis Nation and Canada. ?In particular, its commitment to finally engage in a meaningful process to address M¨¦tis rights and claims is a significant breakthrough for our rights-bearing communities here in Ontario,¡± said President Lipinski.
Published on: November 5, 2015
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