(Ottawa, Ont.) BC Metis Federation leadership travelled to Ottawa this week to meet with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). In addition to the meet with the Government of Canada a meeting was arranged with the Métis Federation of Canada (MFC).
BC Métis Federation and MFC have been on discussions for some time to try and reach agreement in defining how the organizations can work together to address the interests and concerns of their respective Métis constituents. Métis Federation of Canada has been forming a new National Métis representative organization for the past few years and has been reaching “treaty” agreements with Métis organization from across the country. Yesterday the organizations reached agreement on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which created a framework for the organizations to work together now and in the future.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “I am pleased to have signed the MOU to work together. There is a lot of work on a national scale which BC Métis Federation cannot do. However we recognize the importance of working together with organizations who are founded on the right ideas including addressing Métis culture, supporting grassroots communities and members, and standing up and taking positions on issues that matter.”
Métis Federation of Canada Interim President Robert Pilon; “I am very pleased to have the agreement. Métis Federation of Canada has been working with many organizations from coast to coast to coast. We need to find ways to bring all Métis people in Canada back together and inspire us to want a better future. Our leadership at the Métis Federation of Canada is honoured to work with the BC Métis Federation.”
BC Métis Federation President Henry concluded, “BC Mètis Federation will continue to advocate and work together for our members in British Columbia. While the meetings with the Government of Canada were challenging, it is plainly obvious that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada knows there are serious issues of Métis governance and the delivery of programs and services to benefit Métis people. We hope the Government of Canada comes to better understand the solutions the Métis people are creating for new relationships and options for governance and service delivery. Thank you to the strength of the Métis Federation of Canada for your volunteer work across Canada and together we can make a difference.”
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For more information about BC Métis Federation check out the website @ www.bcmetis.com.
For more information about the Métis Federation of Canada go to http://www.metisfederationofcanada.ca/.
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