Giesbrecht: Metis should avoid ‘self-government’ – Winnipeg Sun

by ahnationtalk on July 5, 201993 Views

The federal government has signed “self-government” agreements with “Métis nations” of Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. More agreements are in the works.

Until Métis requests for “self-government”, the term has been used in relation to First Nations (reserves). Since 1996, when the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) set self-government as a priority, efforts have been made to bring self-government for the 600 plus First Nations. Self-government was to close the gap that exists between reserve and mainstream populations in relation to income and social and health measurements. Despite federal spending — averaging more than $100,000 a year for each reserve family, reserves remain dependent and poor.

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