Alberta Métis Federation and Manitoba Metis Federation Sign Memorandum of Understanding – Signals New Era of Cooperation
July 21, 2021
Edmonton, AB, in the Métis Nation Homeland – At a signing ceremony held today, representatives of the Alberta Métis Federation (AMF) and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formalizes cooperation towards several goals that are critical to Métis Nation Citizens across the Métis Nation Homeland and of significant importance to all Canadians.
Amongst other things, this agreement states that the two will partner to defend our Métis Nation identity, promote the exercise of Section 35 rights across provincial boundaries, and to work on other opportunities and priorities as they arise. This MOU emphasizes the importance of mutual support to protect the future of the Métis Nation.
“The Alberta Métis Federation was established with a simple vision,” said Diane Scoville, Chair of the AMF. “We want the Métis people in Alberta to be represented by grassroots leadership, with accountability and transparency, at the community level. Today’s event is a recognition that different Métis communities from various parts of the country see a common path – one we want to take together. This matters, because we are one Nation.”
“Since the days of buffalo hunting, our ancestors we have been known as ‘the people who own themselves.’ Many sacrificed their lives to protect our families, our rights, and our way of life. We see this MOU as continuing in these traditions and as an opportunity to renew the bonds of kinship and alliance across our Métis Nation Homeland,” said MMF President David Chartrand.
One of the first steps will be to meet and discuss mutual priorities and new ways to work together. This MOU promotes partnering to pursue legal, cultural, economic, business, and other mutually agreeable opportunities. As outlined in the MOU, one of the key priorities will be cooperating to strengthen the nation-to-nation and government-to-government relationships between Canada and the Métis Nation.
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Believe in Yourself; Believe in Métis.
The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) is the democratic self-governing political representative for the Métis Nation’s Manitoba Métis Community. The Manitoba Métis Community is Canada’s Partner in Confederation and the Founder of the Province of Manitoba.
For more information, media may contact:
Manitoba Metis Federation
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Alberta Métis Federation
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