MMF Welcomes Early Learning and Child Care Framework
Winnipeg, MB – On Monday, September 17, Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) President and Métis National Council Vice-President and Minister of Social Development, David Chartrand, joined the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and other leaders, to announce the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) Framework. This investment will improve early learning and child care for Indigenous children in Canada including those of the Métis Nation. The framework was developed over the past year based on extensive consultations.
“For the Métis Nation this is a first,” said President Chartrand in welcoming the funding announcement. “Our mothers have been asking now for decades for this opportunity. This is a major investment that will change the lives of the mothers, fathers, and children throughout our Nation. It will provide solid foundations for building strong and healthy families. Today’s announcement marks another practical milestone along the path of reconciliation negotiated by the Métis Nation and Prime Minister Trudeau’s government.”
The Framework invests $1.7 billion dollars over the next ten years for distinctions-based early learning and childcare initiatives to support Inuit, First Nations and Métis Nation children and families. The programs delivered under the Framework will be culturally appropriate and accessible to families regardless of where they live.
The Framework will provide up to $450 million for the Métis Nation, including more than $112 million for the Manitoba Métis Community. The MMF plans on investing these funds into Métis Aboriginal Head Start programs for preschool-aged children, child care supports for working Métis parents, and the creation of educational and employment opportunities for Métis Citizens pursuing careers in child care and early childhood education. The Early Learning and Child Care Framework is the first of several announcements that will support Métis self-determination in the coming weeks.
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The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the official democratic and self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis are Canada’s Negotiating Partner in Confederation and the Founders of the Province of Manitoba.
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