MMF applauds Indigenous funding in federal budget
Winnipeg, MB, in the Homeland of the Métis Nation – The Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) applauds the federal budget tabled earlier today, particularly the allocations of funding for Métis-specific programs and activities, along with the economic development plans for post-COVID-19 recovery. Overall, the Métis Nation was referenced approximately 30 times in the budget.
“We know this federal government is committed to working with Canada’s Indigenous peoples on a nation-to-nation, government-to-government basis,” said David Chartrand, President of the MMF. “This budget demonstrates that commitment, through Métis-specific funding packages for early learning and childcare, justice, environmental sustainability, Métis entrepreneurs and businesses, and a significant investment in Métis women, to name a few. We are also pleased to see the plans for an inclusive, sustainability-minded COVID-19 economic recovery plan. However, we will need to do a lot of work to understand what the funding impacts are for Métis Nation amongst the Indigenous allocations.”
In Supporting Métis Nation Priorities, the budget sets out distinctions-based funding for the Métis Nation in key areas of early learning and childcare, COVID-19 supports for Métis communities, businesses and students, community infrastructure projects, mental wellness, access to capital for entrepreneurs including Métis women, and Michif language reclamation, amongst others.
“The Métis people are taxpaying citizens of Canada, so it makes sense that our tax dollars would benefit our Nation,” said President Chartrand. “With this government, led by Justin Trudeau, we are actually seeing our tax dollars earmarked to go to work for our Nation and our Citizens. I also want to acknowledge Minister Chrystia Freeland, the first woman – and a woman from the West – to deliver a federal budget.”
“As a female Minister of Finance myself, I congratulate Minister Freeland for her conviction and commitment to the people of Canada and her inclusion of budget allocations for childcare,” said Anita Campbell, Minister of Finance for the MMF and Spokeswoman for Infinity Women Secretariat. “Our Métis culture has always had respect for women’s voices, so it’s nice to see Canada embracing the representation of women in all aspects of governance. Minister Freeland’s inclusion of targeted funding for women in the federal budget is of paramount importance and interest to our Métis Government.”
When the Manitoba Act was created by the Métis provisional government of 1870, the Métis people were the economic engine of the West. The subsequent reign of terror and ongoing marginalization meant that the Métis people lost that role. With funding from the federal government, the Métis people will once again take their rightful place in Canada’s Confederation as that economic engine, using this funding to invest in economic development in our Homeland, the province of Manitoba.
“While our focus is always on helping our Citizens gain economic well-being, there will be many benefits to our province as a whole. The stronger our Citizens are, the more purchasing power they have and the more employment and economic opportunities we’re able to sustain,” added President Chartrand. “Funding for Métis-specific initiatives will help all Manitobans, which was the vision Louis Riel had for his Nation back in the 1800s – to provide a future for the Métis Nation that would benefit everyone. It’s our privilege and our responsibility to honour that vision.”
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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.
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