Métis Rights Engagement with Special Representative

BC Métis Federation is pleased to update members that the Government of Canada’s Special Representative to discuss Métis Rights, Mr.Thomas Isaac, has sent an official correspondence to signal future engagement.

BC Métis Federation is sharing a copy of the June 22, 2015 letter as well as our response dated June 26th.

[ilink url=”http://bcmetis.com/wp-content/uploads/BC-Metis-Federation-June-22-2015.pdf” style=”download”]To read the letter from Thomas Issac click here.[/ilink]

 

Below is the BCMF’s response to that letter.

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Thomas Isaac 
Ministerial Special Representative 
C/O Treaties and Aboriginal Government 
Strategic Policy Development Directorate 
10 Wellington Street, 8th Floor 
Gatineau, Quebec 
K1A 0H4 

Re: Letter of June 22, 2015 

Mr. Isaac,

Thank you for the letter of June 22nd, 2015 updating the BC Métis Federation on the process to engage with Métis rights in Canada given your mandate:

  • to lead exploratory talks with the Métis National Council, its governing members, Metis Settlements General Council, provincial and territorial governments, other Aboriginal organizations and interested parties
  • to engage with the Manitoba Metis Federation to explore ways to advance dialogue on reconciliation with Métis in Manitoba in response to the 2013 Manitoba Metis Federation et al. v. Canada decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.

The BC Métis Federation leadership commits to supporting your work and goal building an effective process for dialogue to support the potential development of a Section 35 Métis Rights Framework.

We look forward to arranging future conversations to ensure the interest, concerns, and asserted Métis rights we represent for approximately 7300 members is at the forefront of any future Section 35 Métis Rights Framework.

Please contact me directly (k.henry@bcmetis.com) once you have determined future dates for engagement and we are encouraged to see the process will include the BC Métis Federation.

Thank you,

Keith Henry  – President

BC Métis Federation 
Suite 300-3665 Kingsway 
Vancouver, BC 
V5R 5W2 
 

[ilink url=”http://bcmetis.com/wp-content/uploads/BC-Metis-Federation-Letter-to-Thomas-Isaac-June-25th-2015.pdf” style=”download”]Click here to download a PDF version of the BCMF response.[/ilink]

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