MNO holds annual meeting with Premier Wynne

wynne-small(Front row: left to right) Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
David Zimmer, Premier Kathleen Wynne, MNO President Margaret Froh
and MNO Chair France Picotte. (Back: left to right) Assistant Deputy
Minister of Strategic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Indigenous
Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) Jonathan Lebi, Deputy Minister
MIRR Deborah Richardson and Assistant Deputy Minister, Indigenous
Relations and Programs Division MIRR Shawn Batise. Click here for a larger
picture.

On February 5, 2018 at Queen’s Park in Toronto, a Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) delegation led by MNO President Margaret Froh and including MNO Chair France Picotte, MNO Chief Operating Officer Joanne Meyer and MNO Chief Strategy Officer Jennifer St. Germain met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister David Zimmer. Also attending the meeting from the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation were Deputy Minister Deborah Richards, and Assistant Deputy Ministers Jonathan Lebi and Shawn Batise.

The annual meeting with the Premier provides the MNO with the opportunity to discuss its government to government relationship with Ontario including updating on key priorities and areas of shared interest and concern. “We provided an overview of the many advancements that have been made by MNO and Ontario working in collaboration as well as highlighting areas that require greater focus and attention.” commented President Froh.

The MNO delegation spoke with the Premier and Minister Zimmer about the recently signed MNO/Canada/Ontario Framework Agreement for Advancing Reconciliation. The Framework Agreement will establish a process for an ongoing government-to-government relationship and identifies areas of mutual interest and key topics for future negotiations, such as Métis self-government, health, housing, child and family services, justice and education.

“We acknowledge the positive relationship that we have built with Ontario but recognize that we have more work to do,” concluded President Froh, “We look forward to continuing our work with Premier Wynne and the Government of Ontario to advance reconciliation for the betterment of Métis children, families and communities."

Posted: Februay 15, 2018.

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